New Delhi: A reported remark against senior
party leader Sushma Swaraj attributed to Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa has caused bad blood between the two,
forcing him to issue a statement on Wednesday to rubbish the report.
Yeddyurappa, who was in the capital to pay "courtesy"
calls on senior Central leaders, met Swaraj in her Parliament
office along with eight BJP MPs from Karnataka.
Sources said Swaraj strongly conveyed her unhappiness to
Yeddyurappa at the reported remarks which a Bangalore daily
claimed were made during his meetings with BJP President Nitin
Gadkari and senior leader Arun Jaitley last week.
She is understood to have questioned why he made a remark
that she and other leaders should also be subjected to the
"rigorous test of honesty" as was being done in his case.
When confronted by Swaraj, Yeddyurappa was on the
backfoot and promised to inquire into the matter. Swaraj
wanted legal action to be initiated against the newspaper, the
Later, Yeddyurappa issued a statement rubbishing the
newspaper report of November 24.
"I am rudely shocked and deeply hurt to read the
contents of the news.... I totally deny and disassociate
myself from the references made to Leader of Opposition in Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj and my all India leaders," Yeddyurappa
said, referring to the report that appeared on November 24.
Taking "serious note" of the report, he expressed
"deepest regrets" and promised to hold an inquiry "as to the
origin of such news and find out the person behind creating
He insisted that he has "the highest regards and respect
for Swaraj and I never mean any such matters and will never
think so in the worst of my dreams."
BJP MPs from Karnataka, including Sadanand Gowda and DB
Chandregowda, had met Swaraj yesterday also to assuage her
feelings in regard to this report. However, Yeddyurappa had to
come here personally to discuss the issue.
Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa and his associates maintained
that he was here to pay a courtesy call on senior leaders,
whom he could not meet on November 24 as he left in haste
after the Central leadership allowed him to continue in
office despite charges of illegal land allotments against him.
Today, Yeddyurappa met senior BJP leaders L K Advani,
Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi, Bal Apte, Arun Jaitley,
and RSS leader Madan Das Devi.
Yeddyurappa is facing charges of favouring his sons and
daughter in land allotments. However, he was given another
life in the wake of forthcoming Panchayat and local bodies
elections in Karnataka as the party did not want to antagonise
the sizable voters from his Lingayat community.