BSY raises pitch,praises Sonia,Cong

Snubbing his own party,former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa praised Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her party

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published:May 14, 2012 1:21 am

Snubbing his own party,former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday praised Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her party.

“I have to praise Sonia. I noticed that Congress party and its people are united and supportive if any of their party members gets into trouble,” said Yeddyurappa. “In the Congress,whenever a prominent leader faces allegations,the party rises to protect him…but in the BJP,people will be waiting for a person to get into problems and to sideline him. In the BJP,people try to pull the chair and grab someone else’s position also,” he said.

He also called his successor,Sadananda Gowda,a “betrayer” for not vacating the chief minister’s post. His outburst came a day after nine ministers submitted their resignations to him and sought Gowda’s removal.

Asked if he would resign from the party,Yeddyurappa said: “I will take a decision at an appropriate time after consulting my ministers,leaders.”

The Yeddyurappa camp has been up in arms against the BJP national leadership since last August when he was forced to quit after being indicted in a Lokayukta report on illegal mining for allegedly receiving bribes through an education trust run by his sons.

The former chief minister had nursed hopes of returning to power in March this year after the Karnataka High Court quashed a Lokayukta police investigation into the corruption charges against him but was asked by the BJP high command to await the outcome of a plea before the Supreme Court for a CBI probe into the mining related corruption charges.

On Friday,the apex court ordered the CBI to probe “misuse of power” by Yeddyurappa.

Meanwhile,Karnataka BJP chief K S Eswarappa said “we have always stood by the side of Yeddyurappa.”

With PTI

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