GULBARGA: Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said the BJP high command has not yet given him a positive assurance on when a suitable position would be given to him.
Yeddyurappa, who was attending a mass marriage at Jewargi taluka organised by one of his supporters Jewargi MLA Dodappa Gowda Naribol on Sunday, told reporters that he and his supporters met the BJP top leaders, including party president Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, L K Advani and others.
He added that they discussed the promise that they would make him the CM after charges against him in the Lokayukta report were cleared.
When asked whether he was disappointed by the attitude of high command, Yeddyurappa replied in the negative and said one day it would fulfil its promise.
On his relationship with senior leader L K Advani, the former chief minister said that they shared a good rapport and Advani was like an ‘eye’ to the party. He denied rumours of his relationship with Advani turning sour.
He added that the BJP may or may not give him a position, but he would continue as an ordinary disciplined party worker. He added he would not quit the party. On whether he would lead the campaign for the next Assembly election, BSY said he would certainly take part in the campaign.
WHY BSY DID NOT CAMPAIGN?
GULBARGA: Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa defended his action of abstaining from campaigning for the Udupi- Chikmagalur by-election. He said that he could not take part as during the campaign, Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda had mentioned that eight cases were pending against Yeddyurappa.“My decision to stay away was right but all the ministers campaigned in the constituency represented by Sadananda Gowda himself before he became the CM. It is the time for introspection for the CM, party state president Eshwarappa and me,” he said.
He said that it has been more than a fortnight since he spoke to Eshwarappa due to the latter’s preoccupation with the election. Yeddyurappa added that the resort stay before the state budget gave him no satisfaction. “The repeated challenges that there were not more than 20 MLAs behind Yeddyurappa irked my supporters and due to their insistence to show the strength of my faction I agreed to be there with my supporting MLAs,” he said.
He gave Gowda credit for presenting a good budget and added reshuffling and expanding the cabinet are the prerogatives of the CM.