Bangalore: The newly appointed interim president of the Karnataka Janata Paksha (Party - KJP), V Dhananjay Kumar, has urged former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, to lead the new party.
"All this is carried out with the explicit permission of Yeddyurappaji. Yeddyurappaji has already announced that he is going to leave the Bharatiya Janata Party that is why we are requesting Yeddyurappaji to please come and join us and also take the leadership of this party and lead us, bless us. This is what we are requesting and we are hopeful that Yeddyurappaji will heed to our request," said V Dhananjay Kumar.
"Karnataka Janata Party, a registered political and regional party with the Election Commission, today in the state general council meeting, I am elected as the new President of the state unit. We have constituted a small executive committee. Our aim is to strengthen this party and make it popular in the whole of the state and prepare it to face the coming general elections. We are confident that people would support us and the party will organise itself well before the elections," he added.
The KJP also announced that office-bearers. MD Lakshminarayana and KH Srinivasa were appointed as the general secretary and senior vice-president, respectively.
Yeddyurappa has decided that his new regional party would contest from all seats in the state assembly elections next year.
The Lingayat strongman has already announced his decision to take over as KJP president on December 9, after he officially quits the BJP.
Yeddyurappa, who led BJP to victory in Karnataka in 2008, was compelled to quit as state chief in July 2011 after the Lokayukta (provincial ombudsman) indicted him into illegal mining scam and also for his alleged role in the irregularities of allotment of land.
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.