Former Union Minister and KJP leader V Dhananjay Kumar today claimed the BJP top brass were trying to get Karnataka strongman B S Yeddyurappa to remain in its fold only because they had now realised the party could not survive without him at its helm.
"BJP leaders are pretending Yeddyurappa's exit will not affect the party, but in reality realise the party cannot survive without him. Therefore, they are pleading with him not to leave the party," he said at a rally in Mysore, some 140 km away from here.
He opined that the BJP would be routed in the forthcoming assembly elections if it was not led by Yeddyurappa.
Kumar, acting president of Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), to be formally launched by the former Chief Minister on December 9, said there was no question of Yeddyurappa remaining in BJP and added that the Lingayat strongman would become a mighty leader at the Centre.
He charged BJP leaders with issuing confusing statements that Yeddyurappa would not lead the party.
Yeddyurappa, who played a key role in installing the first ever BJP government in the South, had stated yesterday there was no change no change in his plans to launch his regional party on December 9 at Haveri and that he was not floating a new political outfit to become Chief Minister or for any post.