Karnataka

I don't need a post: Yeddyurappa

Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa with his supporters during rally on the occasion of his 70th Birthday in Hubli on Sunday.

Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa with his supporters during rally on the occasion of his 70th Birthday in Hubli on Sunday.  

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The former Chief Minister asserts that there is no groupism within the BJP

After being felicitated as part of his 70th birthday celebrations “for his contribution to the development of north Karnataka” amid a mammoth gathering at the Nehru Stadium here on Sunday, the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa announced that he would continue to work for the “welfare of the people without expecting any post or rank”.

“I have not come here to seek the Chief Minister's post or beg for any other position. Till my last breath, I will not aspire for any particular post, but continue to work for the welfare of the people,” he declared, amid thumping applause.

“I wanted to present a Rs. 1 lakh crore budget. They [high command] had promised to reinstate me as Chief Minister once I am cleared of the charges against me. However, they haven't done it for reasons best known to them. I am not going to blame anyone. I have come from RSS and I will continue to do my work,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

Playing Arjuna

Likening himself to the Mahabharata's Arjuna, who not just knew his way into the ‘Chakravyuha' but also out of it, the former Chief Minister said he not just knew how to enter the “Chakravyuha of political conspiracy, but also to come out of it, defeating the enemies”.

Everyone in the State, especially the Opposition, is anxiously waiting to hear what he had to say in Hubli, Mr. Yeddyurappa said. “They have been terming the function as a show of strength. Why should I do it, and against whom,” he asked.

Vajpayee's BJP

He asserted that there was no groupism within the Bharatiya Janata Party and that everyone belonged to the one group, “the BJP of Atal Bihari Vajpayee”.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, who was brought in a procession to the venue, was given a grand felicitation earlier by Ministers Jagadish Shettar, C.M. Udasi, Basavaraj Bommai, Umesh V. Katti, R. Ashok and a host of elected representatives from the BJP. Members of various organisations also felicitated him.

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