Yeddyurappa rules out mid-term assembly polls

Yeddyurappa dismissed reports that he was eyeing for the state party president`s post.

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2011, 17:41 PM IST

Bangalore: Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa on Sunday ruled out possibility of mid-term assembly
polls following political turmoil in BJP`s state unit in the
wake of Bellary strongman B Sreeramulu`s decision to quit the
party and contest the bypoll as an indepenent.

There were no differences in the ruling BJP and the present
government would complete its remaining term in office, he
told reporters at Hubli airport.

Replying to a question, Yeddyurappa said he would soon
campaign for Gadilingappa, who is contesting the Bellary Rural
bypoll as BJP candidate. "I am confident of BJP retaining
Bellary seat," he said on his first visit to Hubli after
his release on bail in land scam cases.

He, however, said he could not be present when Gadilingappa
filed his nomination as he was preoccupied with other works.

Sreeramulu, a former minister and close aide of mining
barons, Reddy brothers, quit the party after filing nomination
as an independent candidate for the Bellary Rural bypoll
on November 9.

Dismissing reports that he was eyeing for the state party
president`s post, Yeddyurappa said he was a common party
worker and would work for strengthening the BJP in the state.

The senior BJP leader was in Hubli to attend the
marriage of a relative`s son.

PTI