Putting an end to speculations on his next move, former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said he would indeed quit the BJP by December. But Yeddyurappa said he would not join any other political outfit.
While he didn't say he was floating a new party, he hinted at the same saying, "I will not join any political party. Those who want to join me can wait till December. I will not force anyone to follow me. I cannot swallow the insults heaped on me in the BJP."
A formal announcement on his next move would be out at a mega rally to be organised by Yeddyurappa's loyalists in Davangere on November 19.
Though Yeddyurappa said he was not looking at any political party, sources in the BJP said that leaders of many political parties had been making overtures to woo the former chief minister.
"Although the Congress leadership is averse to court the former chief minister, behind the scene efforts are on to work out an informal understanding with Yeddyurappa to ensure that the BJP is decimated in the next assembly elections," said a senior MLA in Yeddyurappa's camp. "The Congress could then consider a post-poll alliance with Yeddyurappa's outfit, as the grand old party of Indian politics (Congress) is not keen to join hands with the JD(S) after its bitter experience with JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda in the past."
"We are looking at contesting in about 100 constituencies and ready to reduce it to around 75 if the Congress agrees for a secret understanding," the MLA added.
According to sources in the BJP, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, too, is wooing Yeddyurappa. Mulayam has grand plans of forging a Lingayat-Muslim-OBC front in the state, as he is desperately looking out for a strong local leader after the death of S Bangarappa in the state. Mulayam is also said to have assured that he would use his good relations with the Congress leadership to help out Yeddyurappa, who is fighting a slew of corruption charges.
The JD(U), which has been decimated after the death of former chief ministers Ramakrishna Hegde and JH Patel, is being touted as the perfect vehicle for Yeddyurappa by a section of his followers.
Yeddyurappa's expected tilt towards the Congress in the post-poll scenario is being seen as a move that would meet the objectives of both the parties.