press trust of india
Bangalore, 16 July
From his main objective of unseating the BJP government in Karnataka, former Chief Minister Mr B S Yeddyurappa seems to be coming full-circle as he trained his guns on the ruling Congress today.
The state assembly witnessed a growing bonhomie between Yeddyurappa, who walked out of BJP and formed his own outfit Karnataka Janata Paksha last year, and his erstwhile party.
“We have made a mistake. Because of our mistake, people of the state have elected a Congress government even though they did not want it. We have learnt our lessons. In the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, we will reduce you to 7-8 seats (out of 28 in Karnataka) and work out a plan and programme to sit there (in treasury benches). Please have patience”, he said.
He was reacting to former Speaker Mr K R Ramesh Kumar’s teaser on how people can forget what the BJP did when it was in power (referring to infighting and corruption).
Mr Yeddyurappa’s comments were seen as warming up of his relations with BJP which secured a mere 40 seats in the 224-member assembly in the 5 May
KJP bagged six seats but the main plot was that it’s nearly 10 per cent vote share dented BJP’s prospects in many constituencies in no small measure with the Congress being the chief beneficiary in the multi-cornered contests.
In the afternoon, Mr Yeddyurappa expressed dismay over virtually empty treasury benches and the gallery meant for officials when former Chief Minister Mr Jagadish Shettar was speaking on budget discussions and accused the Congress of lacking interest in the proceedings and staged a walk-out.
BJP members joined him in the protest.