BANGALORE: State BJP president K S Eshwarappa’s statement on Saturday about the possibility of snap polls to the Assembly created a furore.
But Eshwarappa denied of making any such statement. “I was emphasising there could be snap polls to the Lok Sabha any time. I never said the Assembly polls would be held shortly,” he told Express.
He, however, admitted to having said the BJP was ready for the Assembly elections . “Of course, as a political party we will have to be ready to face any eventuality. Can any political party say that it is not ready for elections?” Eshwarappa added.
He spoke to the reporters after performing guddali pooja for putting up a pandal for the upcoming state Mahila Morcha conference on March 31.
Yeddyurappa himself clarified that chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda would present the budget.
But according to rumours, the Lingayat strongman would be sworn in on Monday and will present the budget on Wednesday.
Thousands of BJP workers, including MLAs, called on the state BJP headquarters to express their anger over Eshwarappa’s statement. The statement evoked angry reaction from Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah as well.
“The BJP president’s statement about snap polls to the Assembly created political uncertainty. This is nothing but irresponsible,” he told the media in New Delhi.