BJP talks to keep Yeddyurappa in fold fails
A last ditch effort by BJP to prevent B S Yeddyurappa from quitting the party has apparently failed with the former Karnataka Chief Minister sticking to his decision to float a new party on December 9.
Yeddyurappa, who was made to step down as the Chief Minister last year, virtually shut the doors of negotiations, declaring he has already travelled a lot of distance in moving away from BJP and that there was no change in his plans to launch his new regional party as planned on December 9 at a rally at Haveri, some 350 km from Bangalore.
BJP leader Arun Jaitely, who arrived in Bangaore, keeping his trouble-shooting mission under wraps, met Yeddyurappa at the residence of an RSS leader and tried to persuade the lingayat strongman to reconsider his decision to bid good bye to the party, BJP sources said.
Though, the sources said Yeddyurappa met Jaitley last night and that he ruled out any reconciliation, the former Chief Minister, however, refused to admit that such a meeting took place. "There is no change in my plan to launch new party on December nine. Unmindful of whether any one joins me on that day, I will go ahead with it. There is no question of looking back", Yeddyurappa said.
Yeddyurappa, who has been fuming at the BJP leadership at the Centre and in the state for "ill-treatment" meted out to him, said Jaitley was in the city to hold talks with him, but he did not meet him .
- Asian Tribune -