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'Trouble Shooter' returns empty hand

Posted on Nov 12, 08:16AM | UNI

BJP 'Trouble Shooter' Arun Jaitley, who paid a surprise visit to retain former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in the party, had to return empty hand as he (Yeddyurappa) was stubborn over quitting the party and floating a new party on December 9.

"I have high regard for Mr Jaitley, but I have already marched to a stage where there is no return. So I don't want to say whether Mr Jaitley met me yesterday or not and what he proposed, Mr Yeddyurappa told newsmen here today.

Mr Jaitely, senior BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, who's arrival was earlier termed by the party sources as a 'private visit', has failed in his mission this time also. After Mr Yeddyurappa announced his decision to float a new party alleging humiliation, many a time the Party Central leaders had sent feelers to retain him and now Jaitley's visit was also a failure.

Mr Yeddyurappa, who had a long standing relationship with BJP, was responsible for the party to make in roads in South India for the first time by coming to power in Karnataka in 2008.

Mr Yeddyurappa said formal launch of Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) will take place at Haveri on December 9 and he would announce his resignation from the BJP party on that day.

Mr Yeddyurappa had repeatedly said his decision to quit BJP and form a new party was definite and there was no going back.

Replying to a question, Mr Yeddyurappa said 'for technical reasons I have not tendered my resignation to BJP, but I will quit on December 9. There ends my relationship with a party which I nourished for four decades of my Political life.'