‘BSY move to quit BJP will erode his clout’

Former Karnataka chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda Saturday said B S Yeddyurappa's "hasty decision" to quit BJP and launch his party would boomerang on him and erode his political clout in the state.

"The hasty decision of Yeddyurappa to launch Karnataka Janata Party will boomerang on him and erode his political clout in Karnataka. Regional parties have little prospect in the state and KJP has no future," the BJP leader told reporters.

Gowda said Yeddyurappa's "frustration" of not remaining in power had forced him to quit BJP. "Had Yeddyurappa remained in BJP, he could have fulfilled his wish of getting a respectable post, which he was aspiring for," he said.

Gowda said the BJP had made herculean efforts to retain Yeddyurappa in BJP, but he insisted on quitting the party. The party had insisted he come clean on the corruption charges levelled against him before giving him an important post, Gowda said.

"Yeddyurappa's exit will be a setback to BJP, but only for a brief while," he said.

Reddy to contest Karnataka election

BELLARY: Former Karnataka minister G Janardhana Reddy, who is an Andhra jail in connection with an illegal mining case, is set to contest the Assembly elections in Karnataka due in May 2013 on the BSR Congress ticket. The mining baron was arrested in September last year by CBI in connection with illegal mining.

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