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This is the worst betrayal of my life: Yeddyurappa
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November 19, 2007 17:45 IST

He is no longer the soft person which he was in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.

B S Yeddyurappa, the seven-day-old chief minister who resigned without taking the floor test, was aggressive and came down heavily on the Janata Dal-Secular who stabbed him in the back at the last minute.

Soon after tendering his resignation to the governor, he headed back to the lawns of the Vidhan Soudha where he held a protest against the turn of events.

He told that this was the worst betrayal that he had ever seen in his life.

"My intention was not to cling on to power. I wanted to serve the people of Karnataka. It is not as though I went begging for support. We had embarked upon a statewide rally and were ready to face the people. It was the JD-S, which called us back and assured us of unconditional support," Yeddyurappa said.

"We went before the governor and also the President of India and paraded our legislators. All this was done in good faith and on the assurance that we were being given unconditional support. We trusted them, but they stabbed us in the back," Yeddyurappa added.

"The JD-S themselves said that support to the BJP would be unconditional. Then why did they change their stand? Were they interested in running the government or bargaining with us? What do they mean when they say that we did not agree to their conditions?" Yeddyurappa asked.

"The JD-S was adamant when they were dealing with us. As per the coalition dharma, which was signed 21 months back it was agreed that all portfolios held by us would be handed over to them at the end of their term and vice versa. Now what do they mean by bargaining with us. Don't include this MLA, give us mines and geology, give us urban development and so on," he said.

"I am sick of this and now I will go to the people and seek their mandate. From tomorrow itself I will embark on a state wide rally and tell thepeople about this betrayal," B S Yeddyurappa said.

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