Likely to quit BJP by month-end: BSY

Firm on quitting the BJP despite the top brass making a last-ditch effort to dissuade him from doing so, former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday said he was likely to leave the party by month-end.

"Earlier, I had decided to quit the BJP on December 9. But I will now possibly quit BJP by month-end," he said.

Yeddyurappa had decided to launch his Karnataka Janata Party on December 9 at a public rally in Haveri but the state's ruling BJP decided to hold the winter session of the Assembly between December 5 to December 13, which would have left no option for Yeddyurappa's followers but to miss the launch of the party.

Reacting to the BJP's warning that it would take action against those attending his rally at Haveri, Yeddyurappa said the issue was left to the BJP leadership but those interested in joining his party were welcome and those who weren't could continue to be with the BJP.

Asked about his secret meeting with senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Yeddyurappa, said, "anybody is welcome to meet me as I am not an untouchable."

Yeddyurappa said Jaitley had met him but refused to divulge what transpired between them.

Yeddyurappa said there was no going back on his plans to quit BJP. "The process of floating a new party has already begun," he added.

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