Yeddyurappa to leave BJP in December

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 02:54 hrs

Bangalore: Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said that he will quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December, following months of a gradual souring of ties with the party's top leadership.

"My thinking is clear. I will not remain in BJP by this December. I will decide whether to float a new political party or join other outfits after consulting my confidants", he said, speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a function at Anekal.

"It is 100 percent sure that I will come out of this party", Yeddyurappa, who has accused the central leadership of "betraying" him on their assurance of making him the state unit president, said.

Yeddyurappa, the powerful south-Indian leader of the BJP, 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.

Yeddyurappa 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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