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Posted on Nov 13, 03:41PM | UNI
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said he felt that he must have defied the BJP central leadership's when he was made to quit as Chief Minister following induction in Lokayukta report on illegal iron ore mining.
'I made a mistake by resigning bowing to pressure from the central leaders who promised me that I will be re-appointed once I come clean. Now case under which I had to spend 25 days in jail has been quashed and the Court has granted bail on other cases but the Central leaders have failed to keep up their words,' he said, speaking to reporters at his outfit Karnataka Janata Party's office after celebrating Deepavali.
Mr Yeddyurappa appealed to the BJP Central and state leaders not to air misleading statements as he has walked out of the party.
'I have come out of the party. I appeal to the BJP leaders not to indulge in tarnishing my image and dont try to recall since I dont want any post in that party. I will also not interfere in their party,' he added.
After a slow reaction after the Lingayat strong man threatened to divide the BJP in state and form his own party, the party central leadership made attemps lately with Arun Jaitley flying in to the city to seek the former chief minsiter stay i the party.
Mr Yeddyurappa also alleged that he was betrayed by the party and he should have dissolved the Assembly instead of resigning. 'But I made a mistake by stepping down believing in Central leadership.' Stating that he would become the President of the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) at Haveri on December 9, he said the membership drive for the new party will begin from today.
He said that his new party would give priority for Minorities and wherever they are in large number tickets would be given to candidates belonging to that section including Muslims and Christians.