BJP hopeful of getting majority on its own: Yeddyurappa

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New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said the party would contest all the 224 Assembly seats on its own and expressed confidence that the BJP will get majority to form the next government in the state.

Talking to newspersons here after his meeting with BJP president Rajnath Singh, he said that after his resignation as Chief Minister on November 19, he had toured a dozen districts traversing 35 Assembly constituencies, including the strong holds of Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress, like Bangalore Rural, Ramanagara, Hassan, Mandya and Mysore.

The response he was getting from the commonman was unprecedented and even the common masses were feeling bad at the act of 'betrayal' by Janata Dal (Secular) which submitted its affidavit before the Governor extending unconditional support to the coalition only to change its stand before the confidence vote in less than a week.

The Congress, he said, did its best to form a government along with the JD (S) misleading former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda because it was unnerved by the response which the budget of BJP-JD (S) coalition got from the common-man. Till then, budget was an exercise which had nothing to do with the masses but this time the common man felt benefitted by the budget, he added.

Many social groups including Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Muslims, who were not well disposed to the BJP, had started to respond positively putting away their doubts, Mr Yeddyurappa said.

The BJP had earned good electoral base in the recently concluded Local Body elections winning the Corporations of Mangalore, Davanagere, Bellary and Hubli-Dharwar. It had emerged as the single largest party in Gulbarga and Mysore cities, the former chief minister added.

He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was very impressed upon the decision taken by the BJP for setting up a Task Force for improving infrastructure of Bangalore and had promised all help and assistance.

''I only feel that this development dream is only delayed by a few months and the BJP will be back in the driving seat after elections. The J D (S) has harmed itself by its actions,'' he regretted.

About the possibility of JD (S) senior leader M P Prakash joining hands with the BJP, he said some BJP leaders were in touch with him.

''If he is coming to the BJP, we welcome him,'' Mr Yeddyurappa said.

Asked if the BJP would renominate all sitting MLAs, he said the Karnataka BJP president was getting reports from the respective constituencies before taking a decision. The party is in favour of giving opportunity for new faces.

On the timing of elections, he said the BJP wanted polls at the earliest possible time, preferably in February. The Central leadership too would be submitting its views before the Election Commission.

Asked about his meeting with BJP president, he said he had invited him to attend the political rally to be held at Raichur in north Karnataka and Mr Singh had agreed to take part in it in the first week of January.

The party will be forming a 100 member team for undertaking electoral campaign and members of these team would not be contesting elections but only work for the party's success, he said.

UNI

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