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Yeddy calls loyalists' meet, Pradhan put off visit to Karnataka

Posted on Nov 05, 08:23PM | UNI

Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who has threatened to break the ruling BJP, has convened a meeting of his supporters, including ministers and legislators tomorrow even as BJP Secretary in-charge of Karnataka Dharmendra Pradhan has deferred his visit to the city by a day.

The lingayat strongman, who has called the meeting as part of his consultations for the next course of action, had been repeatedly reiterating that there was no 'going back' on his decision to quit the BJP.

He has already announced that he would float his new party 'Karnataka Janata Party' on December 10 at a meeting to be held at northern district of Haveri.

He will be discussing the strategy with his followers at the meeting tomorrow, sources close to his camp said.

However, it is still unclear how many ministers and legislators would attend the meeting as the party veteran's defiant act has put them in a fix.

According to party sources, Mr Pradhan who had initially planned to be in the city tomorrow, would now be coming on Wednesday.

The patch up attempt by the party's central and state leaders was going on ever since Mr Yeddyurappa expressed his anguish against the humiliation he suffered and failure to keep up their promise by central leaders.

He had indicated that he would be the lone person to walk out of the party and did not want to destabilise the BJP government headed by Mr Jagadish Shettar, stating that he had been instrumental in Mr Shettar succeeding Mr Sadananda Gowda.

He, however, said his followers might join his party at the time of elections to the state assembly due next year.