BSY's Tumkur visit turns show of strength

The BJP leader’s visit to the Mutt was decided on Tuesday night itself and it was said he would visit the Mutt alone at 9 am. But he landed at the Mutt to meet Shivakumara Swami at 11.30 am, with three ministers - Basavaraj Bommai, C M Udasi and M P Renukacharya, 13 legislators and four MPs in tow in a Volvo bus.

Yeddyurappa said he had always taken the seer’s blessings before taking any major step in his political career. On Wednesday, he held a confidential meeting with the seer for 10 minutes and took his blessings. He then introduced the MLAs and MPs accompanying him to the seer.

Later, addressing a press conference, he said he had begun his State-wide tour from Wednesday from Tumkur. He is scheduled to visit the Adichunchanagiri and the Pejawar Mutt seers. “The BJP State president, the chief minister and other leaders will decide on the districts where the meetings will be held during the tour,” he said.

Yeddyurappa said he would meet party veteran L K Advani in the next four days to clear the air over allegations against him. He denied that ministers and MLAs supporting him stayed away from Advani’s ‘Jan Chetana Yatra’ meeting in Bangalore.

The former chief minister said they had all followed the instructions of the chief minister and the State party chief.

Party leaders blamed

He blamed some leaders in the BJP, who joined hands with other parties, for his predicament. Yeddyurappa said he would not become chief minister once again and that Sadananda Gowda would complete the term.

He said he was neither an aspirant for the post of State party chief nor would he form a new party. Yeddyurappa claimed that it was he who first raised his voice against illegal mining and because of him, the probe had reached the CBI. 

Bail plea order on November 15

The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday adjourned the anticipatory bail plea of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to November 15 for orders, reports DHNS from Bangalore. Yeddyurappa has sought advance bail in private complaints 2, 5 and 6 which pertain to illegal allocation of land to family members and relatives and illegal denotification of land at Nagarbavi. The counsel for the respondent, C H Hanumantharaya, objected to the bail plea terming the petition premature.

He said the Lokyukta court has neither issued summons nor has served a warrant on the petitioner, but has ordered for an investigation under Section 202 of the CrPC. However, the counsel for Yeddyurappa claimed that an accused can file for anticipatory bail anytime, that is before an FIR is filed or even after it is filed. He argued that the petition was maintainable.

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