Announcing that he plans to quit before December 10, disgruntled Karnataka BJP strongman B S Yeddyurappa today said the process of starting a new party would begin tomorrow. “I will not patch up with BJP. I am Yeddyurappa, I do whatever I say and I have been doing it over the years. I will tender my resignation from state assembly and primary membership of BJP anytime before December 10,” he told reporters after performing Ayudh Puja at his office here. Yeddyurappa, who has been cut up with the BJP leadership over the party sidelining him since his resignation last year as Karnataka chief minister, said he would launch his party at a public rally in Haveri. “The process of starting a new party will begin from tomorrow,” he said without elaborating.
Yeddyurappa, however, said he would not pull down the BJP government even after resigning from the Karnataka Assembly. Asked about BJP state general secretary Prahalad Joshi’s remarks that party president Nitin Gadkari was making efforts to convince him not to desert the party, Yeddyurappa said it was far from truth and no efforts were made by any leader in this regard. Yeddyurappa, who was forced to quit by the BJP central leadership in the wake of Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicting him, said his proposed party would fight on “secular ideology”.
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