KJP president B S Yeddyurappa has accused the BJP of entering into a secret pact with the JD(S) so as to continue to remain in power.
Alleging that Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar had not heeded his advice to dissolve the Assembly and conduct elections, Yeddyurappa said he would convene a meeting of his party members in Bangalore on January 23 or 24 to decide the future of the BJP government.
He was speaking at the KJP district-level convention in the city on Monday.
The former chief minister noted that the JD(S) had entered into a pact with the BJP, even during D V Sadananda Gowda’s tenure as chief minister. The same is being continued now. The JD(S), however, should reveal it, he demanded.
Yeddyurappa noted that JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda had welcomed the proposal to project Jagadish Shettar as the chief ministerial candidate in the forthcoming Assembly elections.
Responding to former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy’s statement that likened him to Keshubhai Patel (whose party came a cropper in the recent Gujarat elections), Yeddyurappa said that the election results will show whether he is like Patel or Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Yeddyurappa also voiced his opposed to the continuation of the BJP government, as development has stalled in the State during the BJP’s tenure. “That the State currently occupies the 11th place in the development index is a testimony to this fact,” he said.
Ruling out an alliance with Congress or another party, Yeddyurappa said that KJP candidates will be fielded in all 224 Assembly constituencies.