Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa on day said he would "reply" to allegations against
him by winning all the three assembly by-elections to be held
in the state on April nine.
"We will win all the three constitutencies," he told
reporters here. "In these times of allegations, their (the
opposition Congress and JDS) aim is to put me on the dock by
trying to dent my image".
"Reply for it is by winning all the three constituencies,"
Yeddyurappa added. "This is my aim. It`s a matter of prestige
for the party (BJP)".
The bypoll was necessitated following the resigning of
assembly membership by M C Ashwath of JDS from Chennapatna, S
V Ramachandra of Congress (Jagalur-ST) and M Naryarayana Swamy
of Congress (Bangarpet-SC).
The Chief Minister dismissed talk of rebellion against him
and dissident activities as "media creation".
He said the party`s state unit President K S Eshwarappa, who
has reportedly leading the dissidents, is close to him and
would remain so in future. "We are all together, there are no
differences". Yeddyurappa will leave for Delhi tomorrow to meet top party
leaders in the wake of dissidents stepping up their campaign
for his ouster.
Speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister said he would
meet eminent jurist Fali S Nariman to discuss the Krishna
river water disputes tribunal award and also meet top party
"I am visiting Delhi tomorrow to meet Fali S Nariman to
discuss with him the Krishna river water disputes tribunal
award. I will also call on senior BJP leaders," he said.
Dissidents, led by state unit BJP President K S Eswarappa,
have been camping in Delhi for the last three days, demanding
change in leadership of Yeddyurappa, facing allegations of
In another development, Dharmendra Pradhan, in-charge of
BJP affairs in Karnataka, is likely to arrive here this
evening, BJP sources said.
Pradhan would hold meetings with party leaders and
legislators, they said.