Bangalore: Dissidence-hit BJP`s Karnataka
unit on Monday presented a picture of unity, with rebel leaders
joining Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa at a meeting to ask
partymen to work for the victory of BJP candidates in the
April 9 bypolls to three assembly constituencies.
State BJP president K S Eswarappa, national general
secretary Anantkumar and Rural Development Minister Jagadish
Shettar, who last week led the rebels in seeking Yeddyurappa`s
ouster, attended the meet, asking partymen to ensure defeat of
Congress and JDS.
Yeddyurappa dismissed the talk of differences in the
party. "If it is so (differences), it is in your parties," he
told the opposition, which has been carrying on a sustained
campaign for his removal on corruption and nepotism charges.
Yeddyurappa was also bitter with the media for painting
BJP as a dissidence riven unit in the state and said "you will
not succeed in your venture".
Eswarappa in his opening remarks at the meet, attended by
prominent leaders of Chennapatna, Jagalur and Bangarpet
constituencies, said BJP has fielded popular candidates who
were certain to win at the hustings.
Anantkumar opined DMK may not return to power in Tamil
Nadu and Congress is also on the verge of losing there.
Similarly, Communists will lose power in West Bengal and
Kerala, he said.
Yeddyurappa came down on Congress and JDS saying they have
no moral right to criticise defection of its MLAs to BJP.
"What did they do for our MLAs, who are now fighting their
case before the Supreme Court?Who ferried them to Chennai and
Congress has no moral right to continue in power at the
Centre as it has been facing a spate of "scams", he alleged.
Terming JDS as a `father and son` party, he said BJP
workers should ensure the JDS was `wiped out` from the
political map of Karnataka.
Rejected by people, both Congress and JDS have become
"destitutes", he said and slammed them for seeking his
He also urged partymen to gear up for the bypoll in
constituencies which have fallen vacant after disqualification
of 16 MLAs who had withdrawn support to his government, saying
the Supreme Court was likely to pronounce its verdict soon.
Yeddyurappa claimed that the UPA government might collapse
after assembly elections in five states, leading to mid-term
polls to the Lok Sabha.