Is planning to leave the party and float a new outfit by October if the high command fails to appoint him as chief of the state unit
Bangalore : In a fresh outburst, the temperamental former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa threw a direct hint that he was ready to quit the party and does not need the help of the BJP at any level.
His new salvo has sent political rumour mills spinning, suggesting that a new political outfit called the Karnataka Janata Party is hot on the anvil.
Yeddyurappa has convened a meeting of his followers in Bangalore on September 21 when an apolitical forum called “BS Yeddyurappa Abhimanigala Sangha” (BS Yeddyurappa fans association) is expected to be floated as a precursor to a full fledged political party just before the elections in May next year.
Sources said the new party – a sort of Third Front in the State – will comprise Yeddyurappa loyalists, a section of Lingayats from the Congress and a few disgruntled elements from the Janata Dal (Secular).
Yeddyurappa’s new tantrum and a challenge to the BJP high command came when he addressed a meeting on Sunday at Hirekerur in Haveri district. Throwing a fresh challenge, the Lingayat strongman said: “I will tour 100 assembly constituencies in the next one month. To become the chief minister again, I need blessings of the people, and not of BJP leaders. Karnataka does not need a BJP, Congress- or JD(S)-ruled government. It needs a pro-poor and farmers’ government,” Yeddyurappa said at the public function.
A massive drought, the garbage crisis in Bangalore and the state wide bus strike has come as a tool in the hands of the former CM. On a widely publicised tour of the drought-hit regions in the state, Yeddyurappa said he had done good work as CM but a few leaders within the party has sabotaged his work by joining hands with the Congress and JD(S).
Later, at a closed-door meeting with his supporters, Yeddyurappa reportedly blamed the BJP for using him to come to power and dumping him.
Following the recent outburst, sources said Yeddyurappa is planning to leave the party and float a new outfit by October if the high command fails to appoint him as chief of the state unit. The fresh belligerence on the part of the former CM comes in the wake of the high command turning down his demand for the party chief’s post a fortnight ago, when he met them in New Delhi. The post of the state BJP president will soon fall vacant as incumbent KS Eshwarappa may put in his papers as he has been made a deputy chief minister.
Yeddyurappa was also at the forefront of a garbage crisis that gripped Bangalore when he went around trying to address the problems of the people. With Bangalore accounting for 17 Assembly seats, Yeddyurappa wants to be the new poster boy of the IT city. A bus strike saw the former CM touring bus stations addressing stranded passengers – all clear indications that his new political ambitions have reached a launch stage.