Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who is preparing to quit the BJP, has applied to the Election Commission of India (EC) to register his new party and also get a symbol.
Sources close to Yeddyurappa told Deccan Herald on Sunday that he wrote to the EC about a week’s ago. He has decided to get the regional party registered as Karnataka Janata Paksha with the cycle symbol. The EC is yet to respond to Yeddyurappa, it is said.
One Padmanabha Prasanna Kumar had registered a party in the name of KJP with a cycle as the symbol. He has offered to transfer the name to Yeddyurappa. So, Yeddyurappa has given an alternative to the EC either to register his party as KJP or transfer the existing party name to him, it is said. However, Yeddyurappa was not available for comments.
Yeddyurappa is keen to get the party registered before holding a convention in Haveri on December 10. He has strategically chosen Haveri, the home district of his staunch supporter and Minister C M Udasi, to hold the convention. The district is also a Lingayat belt.
Several of his supporters including ministers C M Udasi, Basavaraj Bommai, Murugesh Nirani, Shobha Karandlaje among others are likely to extend their support to Yeddyurappa. But the ministers are unlikely to sever ties with the BJP immediately, it is said.