BJP divided over stand on Yeddyurappa

BJP divided over stand on Yeddyurappa

The State BJP leaders on Monday issued contradictory statements over the party’s stance towards former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who has decided to quit the BJP and float his own party.

Speaking to reporters in Bangalore after a meeting of the party’s office-bearers, MP Prahlad Joshi said Yeddyurappa would remain in the BJP and attend all party events. BJP national president Nitin Gadkari had agreed to convince Yeddyurappa to stay in the party, he said.
However, Yeddyurappa said the BJP leaders were trying to scuttle his plans to launch a new party.

“There is no question of me remaining in the BJP. By making confusing statements, they are trying to wean away my loyalists,” Yeddyurappa told Deccan Herald.  

Joshi also stated that party leaders had been instructed not to make any statements against Yeddyurappa. However, former chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda was quite open in expressing his opinion about his predecessor.

“The BJP leadership should take a decision to put a stop to Yeddyurappa’s statements about floating a new party, in spite of him being a party member,” Gowda said.

At the meeting, it was decided to hold district level party conventions on November 2 and 3, followed by Assembly constituency level conventions between November 10 and 20.