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Posted on Dec 01, 11:53AM | UNI
Signalling a formal split in the ruling BJP and signifying a new polarisation in Karnataka politics, former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today quit the saffron party and formally joined the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP).
Stating that the parting was painful as he had been associated with the BJP for over four decades and pitchforked the party to power in the last assembly elections for the first time in the South, Mr Yeddyurappa told a packed press conference that his aim was to build a formidable regional party that would strive to restore the past glory of the state.
KJP President V Dhananjay Kumar formally welcomed Mr Yeddyurappa into the party fold.
Mr Yeddyurappa, who came to the Vidhana Soudha in a procession and tendered his resignation from the State Assembly to Speaker K G Bopaiah, said the presiding officer had accepted his resignation.
He said he had also faxed his resignation letter to BJP President Nitin Gadkari, quitting from the primary membership of the party.
"With an heavy heart I am quitting the party" he said accusing some BJP leaders of conspiring to finish him politically.
He asserted that only a regional party could restore the past glory of Karnataka and quoted the examples of West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Tamil Nadu and said that only a regional party with adequate muscle power could ensure justice to the state which was rich in resources but lacked sincere political leaders.
He also appealed to his supporting BJP members in the state assembly not to take a hasty decision in quitting the party as he did not want to be blamed for toppling the BJP government in the state, Mr Yeddyurappa would formally takeover the leadership at a massive rally of KJP scheduled to be held in Haveri on December 9.