Founder president of Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) Padmanabha Prasanna Kumar has turned the spoilsport for the newborn outfit as he has reportedly written to Election Commission of India, stating that he has sacked BS Yeddyurappa as KJP state unit president.
Kumar’s letter has caused a flutter when Yeddyurappa is busy strategising on bringing down the Jagadish Shettar government and breaking the BJP. Rajendra Gokhale, KJP general secretary, issued a press release, stating that in line with an order from Yeddyurappa, Kumar has been suspended from primary membership of the party. Yeddyurappa took over as KJP president at a party rally at Haveri on December 9.
Kumar shared the dais with Yeddyurappa at the rally. Of late, he has been a thorn in the side of Yeddyurappa, terming the latter’ election as violative of the constitution of the party. When DNA tried to contact Kumar, he was not available for comment. “People who have lost mental stability are making such claims. He (Kumar) had written a letter to the Election Commission that he has voluntarily resigned from the post, so the question of he suspending others does not arise,” Yeddyurappa said.
General secretary of the party, Gokhale, said: “After the Haveri rally, opposition parties are spreading all sorts of rumours. There is no need for workers to panic. Everything is all right in the party. As per the provisions of rule, Yeddyurappa was elected as the president of the party and in the general body meeting of the all powers have been entrusted on him.”
The KJP office circulated among media persons two documents seeking to counter the claim of Prasanna Kumar. One is the resignation submitted by Kumar to facilitate the induction of new office bearers.
The letter signed by Kumar and addressed to then general secretary of the party states: “In the backdrop of ongoing political developments in the state, there is a need to strengthen the party. To constitute new office bearers and appoint new president to the party, I have voluntarily resigned from the post. I request you (general secretary of the party) to accept the resignation.”
Yet another letter circulated among the media is from Election Commission of India addressed to Kumar, rejecting his claim of presidentship by the virtue of being the founder president of the party.
BJP wants 5 MLCs disqualified
In addition to the 13 MLAs it has sought to get disqualified, the ruling BJP has now trained its guns on five MLCs who have identified with former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and his KJP.
Ruling party MLAs Belur Gopalakrishna and MLC Ashwathnarayan have submitted to the office of the chairman of the council documents seeking to prove that the five MLCs were indulging in anti-party activities, making them liable for disqualification. Legislative council secretary Srisha received the documents.
The five MLCs in BJP’s crosshairs are Bharathi Shetty, Mumtaz Ali Khan, Mohan Limibikai, Shivaraj Sajjan and B J Puttaswamy. The BJP legislators have alleged that MLCs are actively involved in functions of KJP.
The BJP has left out the name of a close aide of Yeddyurappa, MD Lakshminarayan, a nominated member of the council. They told reporters that they did not have evidence that he was involved in anti-party activities. Lakshminarayan is the general secretary of the KJP.
Somanna Bevinamarada, BJP MLC, who accompanied Gopalakrishna, said: “Against others we have submitted many evidences, including video clippings and photos of them attending the programmes of KJP and sharing dais. Evidence provided by us is sufficient to take action against these MLCs.”