BANGALORE: Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday accused his successor D V Sadananda Gowda, state BJP president K S Eshwarappa and BJP national general secretary Ananthkumar of conspiring to engineer his expulsion from the party and continue in power with the help of the JD(S).
In a press conference to announce the end of his two-day old rebellion, Yeddyurappa said that the Chief Minister has been hobnobbing with the JD(S) leaders with a hope to continue in power with their help in the event of him leaving the BJP.
As a proof to this, he said that generous funds were being released to the constituencies of JD(S) MLAs where as demands of MLAs of his camp were neglected deliberately.
“Gowda’s functioning has resulted in the weakening of the BJP and strengthening of the JD(S). The party national leadership should think of it seriously,” Yeddyurappa warned.
Referring to the letter written by Gowda and Eshwarappa to party national president Nitin Gadkari, Yeddyurappa blamed Gowda of casting aspersions on him as well as several ministers who have allegiance to him.
“This letter is the root cause for the present confusion in the party. Gowda is such an irresponsible person that he refused to convene the meeting even if over 30 MLAs give written request,” the beleagured former chief ministercharged.
Accusing Gowda of making sarcastic comments against him, Yeddyurappa said that Gowda’s statements tantamount to insulting him and casting aspersions on his public life.
‘BJP must hang its head in shame’
Referring to the party’s defeat in Udupi-Chikmagalur by-poll, Yeddyurappa said that Gowda should have stepped down owning moral responsibility as the party had to hang its head in shame.
“Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda prevented me from participating in the campaign by citing the eight cases pending against me. But, strangely he has held me responsible for the defeat in the letter,” the beleagured former chief minister said.