‘Karnataka to have early elections this year’
Opposition Leader in the Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah said the state may hold an early assembly election "any time this year".
Bangalore: Opposition Leader in the Karnataka
Assembly Siddaramaiah on Monday said the state may hold an early
assembly election "any time this year" as he claimed former
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa was poised to float a new
"Yeddyurappa forming a new political outfit is imminent
which will prompt the state to go for an early assembly
election any time this year," he told reporters here.
The statewide tour across Karnataka by Yeddyurappa is not
to strengthen the BJP, but to "blackmail" the party`s central
leadership and pressurising them to reinstate him as chief
minister, Siddaramaiah said.
"Yeddyurappa is blackmailing the BJP central leadership by
taking up statewide tour. He wants himself to be reinstated as
chief minister. The tour is nothing to do with the
strengthening of BJP," he said.
There is no future for BJP in the state as it was "totally
a divided house," Siddaramaiah said.
The differences in the Congress, however, had been sorted
out, he said. "There were some differences earlier, but it has
been resolved after holding talks with some disgruntled
Congress MLAs like BC Patil," Siddaramaiah said.
Siddaramaiah also dismissed reports of a changing of guard
in the state leadership. There had been reports in a section
of the press that G Parameshwar would be replaced as Karnataka
Pradesh Congress Committee President.