Sack Gadkari or I'll go: Yeddyurappa
Former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said on Saturday that he would not stay on in the party unless the party sacked Nitin Gadkari from the post of the BJP president, said reports.
He also demanded that the BJP project him as the next chief ministerial candidate and make him the party's state president.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley met Yeddyurappa here on Saturday in an apparent attempt to dissuade him from quitting the party.
On Tuesday, Yeddyurappa had said his decision to leave the BJP remained unchanged and he would formally announce the launch of his new party on Dec 10.
"There is no change in my decision to leave BJP. I will formally announce the launch of my new party at a convention in Haveri on December 10," Yeddyurappa had told reporters.
"Before that, I will resign from BJP and my assembly membership," he said.
Yeddyurappa, on July 31 last year, was forced to resign as chief minister of Karnataka after he was indicted by the then Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hedge in the illegal mining report.
He and his family members were named by Hegde in what was called a Rs 16,000 crore illegal mining scam.
Yeddyurappa walked out of jail on Nov 8 on bail.