At a crucial meeting of the BJP on Saturday, called in the backdrop of BS Yeddyurappa floating a new party, Dharmendra Pradhan, the party’s national general secretary and Karnataka in-charge, advised his men not to worry about the former chief minister leaving their party.
At the meeting, attend by MLAs, MLCs, MPs and ministers, Pradhan reportedly said that Yeddyurappa’s departure would have no impact on the party. According to BJP sources, Pradhan said: “The party has made all possible attempts to retain him, but he is adamant on leaving. BJP gave various options to him, hence it is not at fault. There will be no loss to the party if he leaves. Our target should be the Congress and we need to chalk out plans to arrange rallies by November-end, keeping in mind the forthcoming assembly elections.”
The meeting also focused on strategies that need to be adopted in the backdrop of Yeddyurappa launching Karnataka Janata Party. Over 40 MLAs and a good number MLCs and MPs have already identified with it. Some of the supporters of Yeddyurappa in the cabinet, including Basavaraj Bommai, Murugesh R Nirani, V Somanna, C M Udasi and others too attended the BJP meeting.
While interacting with reporters prior to the meeting, Eshwarappa said action would be taken against partymen taking part in the KJP rally on December 9. However, he expressed confidence that BJP supporters will not participate in it.
He said, “Partymen attending the rally of other party will cut off all sorts relations with BJP. In a democratic set up, member of a party attending other party’s rally is considered an anti-party activity. It is necessary to act against them.”
Eshwarappa also appealed to Yeddyurappa to refrain from attacking BJP leaders and provoking MLAs and MPs. “The kind of words he is using against party leaders does not suit his stature. Once he had said that involving in anti-party activities is equivalent to betraying mother. He must introspect on that.”
Eshwarappa also said that supporters of Yeddyurappa, including Tumkur MP GS Basavaraj were making anti-party statements and will face action.
Dhananjaya dares BJP
Meanwhile, KJP president V Dhanajaya Kumar has termed the BJP plan to act against its followers attending the Haveri rally as a suicidal attempt.
Kumar said, “He had failed to take action against BJP MLAs, who had identified with former minister B Sriramulu’s BSR Congress. There are media reports that some of ministers and MLAs are in touch with Congress to join that party, he must take action against them and prove that disciplinary action was applicable to all. Let him wait till December 9 and everything will get cleared.”
Kumar also said that former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde was sowing confusion in the minds of people by saying that Yeddyurappa lost power due to several mistakes made by him. He said that Hegde had submitted the report to appease a leader and alleged that his report was biased.