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Krishna's return will not affect BJP in Karnataka: CM

Posted on Nov 04, 07:34PM | UNI

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar today said the BJP's prospects in the next Assembly elections will not alter if former External Affairs Minister S M Krishna returned to state politics to strengthen Congress party.

Speaking reporters here, he said Mr Krishna had already lost an election leading his party in the state in 2004 that had led to the advent of the first BJP government in South India.

'Congress lost badly after Mr Krishna called for an early election in 2004 and four years later BJP came to power on its own. So the veteran Congress leader's entry will not affect our party in the next election,' he maintained.

Congress lost power in 2004 that led to a coalition government between Congress and Janata Dal(Secular) which lasted till 2006. Later, the H D Deve Gowda-led party later tied up with BJP to lead the government till 2008 premature elections when BJP won 210 seats in the 224-member Assembly to win power in a state for the first time down the Vindhyas.

'The current politics has no place for Mr Krishna in Karnataka. His entry will not affect BJP in anyway,' Mr Shettar claimed.

He said since the last four months after he took over as chief minister, he had ensured corruption free administration and was 'proud of it'.

'I have also launched a number of development works and everything in my government is transparent,' he said.

Asked on defiant rebel leader B S Yeddyurappa threatening to break the BJP in the state, the Chief Minister expressed hope that the veteran leader would not leave the party.

'We are making all efforts to retain Mr Yeddyurappa in the party and he will continue to be the prominent BJP leader in Karnataka. Soon the party central leadership will take the initiatives to ensure that he stays in the party,' he said.

Mr Shettar said the BJP was fully prepared for the Assembly polls due in April-May next year. There were some 'misunderstanding' within the party but all misgivings will be solved shortly, he said.

On the garbage problem dogging the state capital of Bangalore, he said soon situation will return to normal as the government had initiated steps to clear the piling garbage on a war footing.