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Yeddyurappa writes to Advani, seeks to partner BJP-led coalition

PTI Bangalore | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on October 19, 2013

In a letter to NDA Chairman and BJP leader L. K. Advani, Yeddyurappa has requested that the Karnataka Janatha Party be invited to all the meetings of the NDA.

Taking the initial formal step to be part of the NDA, former Chief Minister and KJP President B. S. Yeddyurappa today asked it to consider making his party an alliance partner of the BJP-led coalition while expressing support to its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

In a letter to NDA Chairman and BJP veteran leader L. K. Advani, with whom he shares an uneasy relationship, Yeddyurappa requested him to involve the Karnataka Janatha Party in all the deliberations of the NDA by inviting it to all the meetings.

Yeddyurappa’s missive comes in the midst of his repeated public posture that KJP would not merge with the BJP, which he quit as a sequel to the BJP central leadership’s decision to remove him as Chief Minister over the illegal mining issue.

The State BJP is divided on the re-entry of Yeddyurappa, whose outfit too has differences of opinion on the merger of both parties.

In his letter, Yeddyurappa drew the attention of Advani to the unanimous decision of KJP’s Executive Committee to support NDA in its endeavour of making Modi the “future” Prime Minister.

He noted that KJP had won six seats in the May Assembly polls in Karnataka and had secured more than 10 per cent of the total valid votes polled. The Election Commission had also recognised KJP as a regional party, he said.

KJP had failed to make a mark of its own in the Assembly polls but played spoilsport to the chances of BJP, whose only Government in the South crumbled leading to the resurrection of the Congress rule after a long hiatus.

Yeddyurappa assured Advani of his full cooperation to make the NDA a success in the Lok Sabha polls.

Published on October 19, 2013

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