Yeddyurappa firm on leaving BJP

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 12:26 hrs

New Delhi/Bangalore: Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said he has made up his mind to quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"No question of discussing anything with central or state leaders. I have decided to quit the party," Yeddyurappa told NDTV.

He said he will not 'destabilise' the Karnataka government.

"We are not going to destabilise the Karnataka government. I made him (Jagadish Shettar ) the Chief Minister. I don't want the public to blame me," he said.

Yeddyurappa said he will formally launch his new political outfit Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) on Dec 9.

"We will formally launch the party on December 9," Yeddyurappa said.

"Later my supporters will join my party; more than 50 to 60 MLAs will join," he said.

Yeddyurappa, on July 31 last year, was forced to resign as chief minister of Karnataka after he was indicted by the then Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hedge in the illegal mining report.

He and his family members were named by Hegde in what was called a Rs 16,000 crore illegal mining scam.

Yeddyurappa walked out of jail on Nov 8 on bail.

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