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Ex-CM Yeddyurappa launches new party.

New Delhi, Dec. 10 -- Former CM B.S. Yeddyurappa took charge of his new party the Karnataka Janata Party at a function in Haveri, 330km from Bangalore, on Sunday.

Giving Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar the jitters and leaving no option with the BJP but to take action against the rebels for backing him, Yeddyurappa's launch was well attended.

In his 25 minute speech, Yeddyurappa, who was harping on his achievements as CM, breathed fire, when the message was given to him that Shettar had announced of taking action against legislators who were sharing the dais with him. In a raised voice, Yeddyurappa challenged Shettar to dissolve the House if he had the guts.

"You have lost the majority. I made my ministers in Sadananda Gowda's cabinet resign so that Shettar could succeed him and now he is recommending to the BJP central leadership to take action against my loyalist legislators? We don't want the Shettar government," he told the audience.

The overwhelming response to Yeddyurappa's rally in the small town of Haveri has made the BJP leadership to wake up to the looming crisis of its government. The warning signals, it sent on Saturday by suspending Tumkur MP, GS Basavaraj and sacking cooperation minister, BJ Puttaswamy, did not deter ministers and legislators from attending the event.

At a breakfast meeting hosted by Yeddyurappa on Sunday, 21 legislators including seven ministers were present. It is learnt the ministers offered to resign from the cabinet, but were asked to wait by Yeddyurappa. Shettar who was in Dharwad, virtually next door to Haveri, to inaugurate developmental programmes said "the central leadership would be consulted on taking action against the rebel legislators."

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Publication:Asian Tribune (India)
Date:Dec 10, 2012
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