Honnali (Karnataka): Blaming his own party leaders for his ouster as Chief Minister, BJP strongman in Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa on Monday claimed that people`s backing for him has only increased since then.
"I am indebted to the people for supporting me even after losing the Chief Minister`s seat," Yeddyurappa, who was forced to quit in July last year after a Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicted him, said.
Addressing a public rally here near Davanagere, Yeddyurappa, on a state-wide tour to understand the problems faced by the people due to drought, alleged that his own party leaders conspired against him to remove him from the Chief Minister`s post.
"More than the leaders from opposition parties, my own party members conspired against me and succeeded to remove me from the Chief Minister`s post. Power and position is of less importance if one`s pride is hurt," Yeddyurappa said.
BJP came to power because of people`s support and he would again occupy the Chief Minister`s seat with their blessings, he said.
"If I became CM again, I will make Karnataka a model state in the country," he claimed.
Yeddyurappa, battling a series of corruption cases, has been eyeing the post of state unit party President, but the BJP central leadership has not conceded his demand.