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Efforts continue to retain Yeddyurappa in Karnataka :BJP

Posted on Nov 17, 10:20PM | UNI

The ruling BJP in Karnataka continued its attempts to retain former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa after he had announced decision to float a new regional party, BJP state secretary Raghunath Malkapur said today .

However, the party sent a strong warning stating to its legislators and MPs that disciplinary action would be taken against those who violate party norms by participating in the December 9 Convention in Haveri rally to be held by Mr Yeddyurappa, he added Briefing reporters after a day-long discussion by leaders of the state with party National Secretary Dharmendra Pradha, who is political in-charge of state affairs, Mr Malkapure said, "the meeting discussed Yeddyurappa's issue and his move to form a new party. We still making all out efforts to retain him (Mr Yeddyurappa). However, those who attend the meeting will attract disciplinary action from the party." He said among other things the party discussed about election preparedness.

Mr Pradhan held discussion with party leaders including state president K S Eshwarappa, Ministers, MPs and Legislators.

The meeting assumes significance since the BJP is under threat of vertical split after Yeddyurappa becomes Karnataka Janata Paksha at Haveri rally on December 9.