Although not a member of the legislative assembly, former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa hogged the limelight in Belgaum causing worry in the BJP camp over the survival of the Jagadish Shettar government.
The Cauvery issue was expected to dominate the proceedings on Friday. However, it was Yeddyurappa who stole the thunder through his breakfast politics. As many as 34 legislators including MLAs, MLCs and seven cabinet ministers, attended the meeting hosted by Yeddyurappa at a private hotel in Belgaum.
Ministers Umesh Katti, MP Renukacharya, Shobha Karandlaje, CM Udasi, Murugesh Nirani, V Somanna and BG Puttaswamy discussed the developments in the BJP for more than half an hour. Former ministers Mumtaz Ali Khan, CC Patil and Lakshman Savadi also joined them.
Yeddyurappa said he came to Belgaum to show off his strength to those who say he does not enjoy the support of more than a couple of MLAs. He reaffirmed that the present government was a coalition of BJP and KJP. He said he did not want to invite legislators to the Haveri convention. “However, if they want to attend it on December 9, I can’t stop them,” he said. Yeddyurappa mocked at BJP’s threats to take action against those who attend Haveri convention.
He visited Suvarna Soudha and spent nearly an hour in the Central Hall. Members of the legislative council queued up to greet him, leaving the House almost empty. This prompted JD (S) leader MC Nanaiah to comment that when they were busy protesting over the Cauvery issue, BJP MLCs were leaving the house to meet their leader. As the Central Hall was filled with Yeddyurappa’s loyalist ministers, MLAs and MLCs, Nanaiah too went there to congratulate the former chief minister for his new political venture. Asked why he came to Suvarna Soudha, Yeddyurappa said he granted funds for the building and wanted to see how it looked.