Bangalore: Former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who had in the past announced his plan to quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will meet lawmakers and legislators here on Tuesday to discuss the way forward in deciding to float a new political party.
"I am very very clear in my stand that I told you long back in sometime that question of remaining in this previous part does not arise at all. I have decided to launch a new political party. On that basis I am going to discuss with the MLAs (member of legislative assembly) and MPs (member of parliament) those who are supporting me and I wanted to take their opinion also after 2.30 pm -3.00 p.m. today," said Yeddyurappa.
He has been at loggerheads with high command of BJP for quite sometime and accused the leadership of deceiving him.
Yeddyurappa confirmed that he would quit from BJP and launch his party on December 10.
"I told you long back I am going to launch the party in the month of December 10th. Is it not? Before that I am going to resign from MLA and also from preliminary membership of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). I told you before December 10, I am going to resign from both the posts," he said.
After stepping down, he pressed the national leadership of the BJP for reinstatement as promised earlier but off late reports of his quitting the party and forming a political outfit of his own are doing the rounds.
While remaining adamant about forming a new party, Yeddyurappa said that he was searching for new faces for his party.
"I am not forcing anybody to come with me whether MLAs or ministers. Those who want to come with me they can. Those who want to remain in that party they can remain there only. I am searching for new faces in all 224 in the entire state assembly constituencies," Yeddyurappa stated.
Yeddyurappa, who led BJP to victory in Karnataka in 2008, was compelled to quit as chief minister in July 2011 after the state's Lokayukta indicted him for his role in the illegal mining scam, as also for his alleged role in land allotment irregularities .
Senior leaders of BJP like Lal Krishna Advani have not supported Yeddyurappa, who faces an array of corruption charges.
He was also arrested on October 15, 2011 after the Lokayukta (provincial ombudsman) court denied him bail in the illegal land deal cases, filed by two advocates.