BS Yeddyurappa firm on leaving BJP

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 06, 2012 12:52 hrs

Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said his decision to leave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) remained unchanged and he would formally announce the launch of his new party on Dec 10.

"There is no change in my decision to leave BJP. I will formally announce the launch of my new party at a convention in Haveri on December 10," Yeddyurappa told reporters.

"Before that, I will resign from BJP and my assembly membership," he said.

Yeddyurappa made the comments before a luncheon meeting of his supporters at his residence.

The powerful south-Indian leader said he would not force anyone to join the party.

"It is left them to decide....I am banking on the support of people," Yeddyurappa said.

Yeddyurappa on July 31 last year was forced to resign as the 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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