'Original' KJP men, BSY aides clash

Pandemonium prevailed at the meeting of the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), set to be launched by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, when members of the original KJP and supporters of Yeddyurappa clashed, in the city on Monday.

The meeting was convened by Yeddyurappa’s aides to discuss the future course of action, as their leader has announced that he will launch the party at a function in Haveri on December 10.

Members identified with KJP registered by Padmanabha Prasanna of Bellary entered the meeting hall and started raising slogans.

They asked the supporters of Yeddyurappa to remove the party banner and criticised the move to hold the meeting without informing or inviting them. They said they were the original party members.

The members criticised Prasanna for ‘selling’ the party to Yeddyurappa, without taking the workers into confidence.

Arguments

Yeddyurappa’s supporters and the KJP workers exchanged heated words. Order prevailed after some time and the meeting continued.

Addressing the gathering, Yeddyurappa’s aide B S Jagadeesh called upon the people to support Yeddyurappa. Over 80 per cent of the BJP workers in the district supported Yeddyurappa, he said.

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