The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that he will not take part in the Bharatiya Janata Party's election campaign for the Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha byelection.
Addressing presspersons here on Sunday on the sidelines of a felicitation programme organised for him, Mr. Yeddyurappa said he had taken the decision because there were several cases pending against him and his participation in the campaign might cause embarrassment to Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and party State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa.
Mr. Yeddyurappa recalled that Mr. Gowda statement that there were still eight other cases pending against him (Mr. Yeddyurappa) and Mr. Eshwarappa had said that his (Mr. Yeddyurappa's) frequent visits to New Delhi might only increase the revenue for flight operators.
“In such a situation, my participation in the campaign will only cause embarrassment to them. So, I have decided not to campaign”.
However, all Ministers would canvass for the party candidate, he said, adding that he was confident of the BJP candidate's victory.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said he had decided against accepting the State party president's post even if the high command offered it to him now. “Even if they insist, I will not accept it. I have told my supporters too not to put pressure on the high command to give me a prominent post,” he said.
Ministers Basavaraj Bommai, Jagadish Shettar and V. Somanna were among those present on the occasion.