Keep mum to save Govt, BSY tell BJP leaders

Stung by certain remarks made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Friday warned them not to speak lightly of him and his supporters if they wanted the Jagadish Shettar-led BJP government to complete its term.

Yeddyurappa, who is all set to quit the BJP, told reporters here that the BJP leaders should keep quiet and save their government.

“Otherwise, let them dissolve the Assembly and go for elections. The BJP government in the State is akin to a coalition dispensation. The BJP leaders may have to repent if they continue to make such statements against me and my followers,” he remarked.

Yeddyurappa said that the question of BJP expelling him from the party will not arise. For, he would resign his Assembly membership and also quit the BJP by the end of this month.

He said he will take over as President of Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) at the convention scheduled to be held in Haveri on December 9.

He said he would not force any of his supporters in the BJP to attend the convention.

However, legislators and MPs were welcome to participate in the event. He also claimed that leaders of several parties were in touch with him and added that the KJP would field candidates from all the 224 Assembly constituencies.

To a query, he said that he had not approached senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah, inviting him to join the KJP.

The former chief minister said he will not meet BJP General Secretary Dharmendra Pradhan, who will arrive in Bangalore on Saturday, or any other senior leaders of the party.

Davanagere MP G M Siddesh, Harihar legislator B P Harish and other BJP leaders were present.

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