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I don't want to be Karnataka CM, says Yeddyurappa

Last updated on: March 11, 2012 20:41 IST

I don't want to be Karnataka CM, says Yeddyurappa


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In Hubli on a mission of show of strength, former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday made it clear that he would not ask the Bharatiya Janata Party high command for chief ministership and that he would not campaign for the March 18 Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha bypoll in the wake of the attack on him by chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda.

"Though I had decided to campaign for the party candidate, I have decided against it in the wake of Gowda saying I have eight pending cases against me. In these circumstances my presence will have adverse impact on the outcome of poll result," he told mediapersons sarcastically while referring to Gowda and state BJP President K S Eshwarappa, who have been attacking him.

With inputs from PTI

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Image: Former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa


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Yeddyurappa, who is in Hubli in connection with his 69th birthday celebrations being organised by his supporters, said his demand for his reinstatement as chief minister was a closed chapter and he did not want state party presidentship.

"It is true that I had asked for reinstatement as theChief minister for I desired to present Rs 1 lakh crore budget. Now I don't want anything. That is a closed chapter," said Yeddyurappa, who had earlier expressed hope that the party central leadership would do justice to him after the high court order striking down a chapter in Lokayukta report onillegal mining which indicted him leading to his exit as chief minister last year.

Reacting to the high court order, Gowda had said eight other cases were pending against Yeddyurappa, indicating he would not make way for reinstatement of his predecessor.

Addressing a mammoth gathering in Hubli, Yeddyurappa said that he would commence a statewide tour from Monday and would ensure that the BJP returned to power with a majorty during the next elections.He told the crowd that he would never quit the party. "I will work very hard. I know a trap has been set for me by (Janata Dal-Secular leaders) H D Kumaraswamy, HD Deve Gowda and some members of my party. I will come out of the chakravyuha."

Image: Karnataka CM D V Sadananda Gowda with Yeddyurappa
Photographs: File pic

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Yeddyurappa also said tersely that Gowda and Eshwarappa were capable leaders who could help the party win the by-election.

"I don't want to be an obstacle in Gowda and Eshwarappa's endeavours to help party candidate win the bypoll," he said. Yeddyurappa said he would not demand anything from the central leadership. "Eshwarappa has already stated that the central leadership will not meet my demands even if my supporters fly to Delhi," he said.

"I am not going to beg for any post and am not going to Delhi to seek any favours. I will be here and work for the BJP," he added.

Yeddyurappa's Hubli bash is being attended by about 12 loyalist ministers from north Karnataka, who depend on his hold on the electorate for their re-election, though most still swear by the party.

Yeddyurappa loyalists like ministers Basavaraja Bommai, Murugesh Nirani, V Somanna and C M Udasi, all of whom are from the politically powerful Lingayat community to which the former chief minister belongs, had invited BJP national president Nitin Gadkari to attend the Hubli convention, which he declinedBoth Gadkari and Gowda as well as these loyalist ministers had been to Goa on March 9 to participate in the swearing in ceremony of newly elected BJP Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar.

Image: Karnataka BJP president K S Eshwarappa

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