The lunch for the 33 families was Yeddyurappa’s way of showing gratitude for hosting him during a statewide tour in May. “When I visited your homes earlier this year, I was able to see your lives from close quarters. You were gracious hosts despite living in poverty,’’ the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the 2018 state elections told his guests.
Seeking thorough probe, Yeddyurappa said a BJP delegation will call on Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 26 and apprise him of the need for a CBI inquiry into the issue. “If our demands are not met, BJP will launch a state-wide agitation,” he said.
Yeddyurappa has been accused of de-notifying 257 acres of land from a preliminary notification of 3,546 acres, meant for the formation of K Shivaram Karanth Layout, “bypassing” BD committee’s approval, when he was the chief minister between May, 2008 and July, 2011.
Yeddyurappa is the first chief minister in south India to step down while in office following corruption charges. He has recently been named as the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the 2018 Karnataka Assembly polls.
Sounding the poll bugle in Karnataka, Amit Shah on Saturday had declared that the party was united and said, ‘Ab Ki Baar, BJP Sarkar’ (This time, a BJP government). “We are also in the politics for 40 years…but no strategy will be effective (here),” Siddaramaiah hit back.
Yeddyurappa said the survey would be conducted by an external agency and it may start in about two months. “The survey will be held throughout the state to get a correct picture and find out our probable candidate,” he added.
They have been asked to pan out across the country, stay overnight in the northeast states, talk extensively about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, enroll members in the party and have at least one meal with a Dalit family
A Dalit family says they spent almost a day preparing food for their VIP BJP visitors, and that BSY and others ate it. Rivals say they did not. But, asks the family, should that even be the question?
Yeddyurappa, an influential Lingayat leader, had led the saffron party to its maiden victory in the southern state in 2008, but was forced to resign following charges of corruption against him.
The complainant alleged that the food the former CM and the BJP leaders accompanying him consumed was not prepared by the Dalit family, but was brought from a hotel.
President Pranab Mukherjee who completes his term next July, is already sorting out his papers and gifts presented to him during his presidentship. He does not expect the BJP to re-nominate him.
“Under my leadership and Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s, we are hoping to win the 2018 assembly elections,” Siddaramaiah told reporters.
The former Chief Minister said Nirani had given the SUV for temporary usage to travel to the drought-affected areas and handle party-related travel.
“Its a big offence, legal action will be initiated,” said Yeddyurappa, adding that Siddaramaiah is misusing his power as chief minister.
Yedyurappa said in his political career he has tasted many sweet and sour moments, but assuming charge as the party chief in the state is one the sweet moments.