Bangalore: The defiant BJP leader and former Karnataka’s chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Monday targeted the party leaders for not keeping its promise on leadership change and said that he has no intentions to holding a position in the right-wing party now.
"Nitin Gadkari promised that DV Sadananda Gowda was a temporary Chief Minister and that he would make me the CM again at an appropriate time. It led to all kinds of speculation in Karnataka. I have now decided not to demand any position in the party in future," Yeddyurappa said while speaking to a local TV news channel.
The charismatic BJP leader, who turned 69-years –old today, also said that he will continue working as an ordinary BJP worker.
Yeddyurappa has set a February 27 deadline for Gadkari to consider his and his supporters demand to reinstate him as chief minister or give him a top position in state party unit.
Yeddyurappa had extended invitation to all his supporting legislators to attend a lunch hosted by
him at his residence. He has also hosted a dinner party to mediapersons where he is expected to divulge his next political step.
BSY started his day by visiting Siddaganga Mutt pontiff Shivakumar Swamy in Tumkur in the morning and offered worship at a nearby temple.
After attending a function orgainsed by Backward Class Forum near Railway Station, Yeddyurappa headed to his residence to hold a meeting with his supporters including
legislators and MPs.
BSY’s ultimatum has triggered speculation that Yeddyurappa may bid adieu to the BJP which he had built in the state over the years. Yet another section expects Yeddyurappa to wait for the outcome of March 3 core Committee meeting convened by BJP President Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi. The former Chief Minister has already said he and his followers would not attend the meeting.
Instead of attending the Delhi meeting, Yeddyurappa had said he would discuss the issues (apparently referring to
making him Chief Minister or giving a position in the state BJP unit) with his supporters on February 27 and thereafter convey the decision to the central leadership.
BJP sources claim that Yeddyurappa has to await acquittal in various cases against him before he can be considered for chief ministership or state party presidentship.
With Agency Input