Gadkari stops Yeddyurappa`s temple oath plan

BJP asked Yeddy to drop his temple face-off programme with JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy.

Bangalore: In a virtual rap to BS
Yeddyurappa, BJP on Friday advised him not to mix religion with
politics and drop his temple face-off programme with JD(S)
leader HD Kumaraswamy at Dharmasthala on the issue of an
alleged compromise bid by the Karnataka Chief Minister.

"I advised Yeddyurappa that it was not appropriate to use
religious places, especially temples, for politics," BJP
President Nitin Gadkari, in the city to attend a function,

"There are lots of allegations and these allegations are
because of political frustrations," he said, referring to the
charges made by Kumaraswamy that he had been approached by
an emissary of Yeddurappa to arrive at a compromise and to
refrain from releasing "documents" revealing alleged
irregularities involving the Chief Minister`s family.

"We will fight out political issues, politically and
legally," Gadkari told reporters.

The directive comes close on the heels of seers and
religious leaders asking the two leaders to call off the
`truth test` before Lord Manjunatha, presiding deity at a
temple in Dharmasthala.

Softening his stand two days ago, Yeddyurappa had said
religious leaders had written to him and advised him on the
issue and he would take a "final decision" (on the truth-test)
on June 26.

Yeddyurappa had dubbed Kumaraswamy`s claims as false and
baseless and invited him to swear before Lord Manjunatha on
June 27, a challenge that the JD(S) leader accepted.

The face-off had invited flak from various sections of
the society and leaders.

BJP`s first-ever government in the south has repeatedly
come under attack from JD(S) which has levelled several
allegations of corruption against Yeddyurappa and his family.


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