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Posted on Jan 31, 12:10PM | UNI
Bijapur, Jan 30 : Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today denied that he forced the 12 BJP legislators, who quit their seats yesterday, to join his fledging Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).
Speaking to reporters at Indi in the district, he claimed that they had quit since they wanted to strengthen the KJP and they would formally join the party in Bangalore tomorrow, after resigning from the primary membership of the BJP.
"It was actually BJP leaders like Ananth Kumar, K S Eshwarappa and A Ramadas who had pressurised Speaker K G Bopaiah yesterday not to accept the resignation immediately. This led to a delay and the legislators were made to sit in Speaker's chambers throughout the day.
He reiterated that he had no intention to topple the BJP government and Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar was free to present the Budget as planned on February 8. "If Mr Shettar has the majority he will present the Budget. We have nothing to do with it," Mr Yeddyurappa, who had quit the BJP to start a regional outfit, said.
He said more resignations were in pipeline and this included some ministers and legislators.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President G Parameshwara accused in Mangalore that the BJP government will not fall as there is a 'secret understanding' between the KJP and ruling party.
He said after the end of second phase of the ongoing Congress padayatra, he would meet Governor H R Bhardwaj and discuss the current political situation in the state.
Speaking to reporters during the march, opposition Leader in Assembly Siddaramaiah said Congress would not push for no-confidence motion as it had a strength of only 71 and was not sure of the Janata Dal(S) supporting it.
He alleged that Mr Bopaiah has brought disrepute to Speaker's post by acting on the 'behest' of Chief Minister and his government.