Yeddyurappa defends luring opposition party legislators

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Bangalore, Aug 21 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today defended luring opposition party legislators to Bharatiya Janata Party stating that it was done to fulfill the peoples aspiration to complete a full term of five years in the state.

Speaking to newsmen here, he said that " the Legislators who joined the party recently have done so by resigning to the MLA post and the party from which they got elected. I don't think anything wrong in it. It was an important development in Indian democracy happening for the first time." Replying to a question, he said that both Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) who are now criticising the 'Operation Kamal' have no moral ground to criticise BJP as both the parties have tried to lure the party legislators in the past luring members of BJP both belonging to Parliament and assembly.

"Operation Kamal" was launched as per people's verdict given to BJP to complete the full term. Unfortunately we did not get full majority and had to seek support of Independent legislatures to form the government and now opposition party legislators are willing to join the party, why should it be criticised and it is bounded duty of the party to honor those who join with power," he added.

About the possibility of effecting cabinet reshuffle, Mr Yeddyurappa said that a final decision would be taken on the issue in a day or two. " I have asked some of the party Ministers to resign and accommodate the new comers which was well taken by cabinet colleagues without any murmour or disappointment" Mr Yeddyurappa said.

The BJP, through 'Operation Kamal' has so far succeeded in luring Seven Legislators, including four from JD(S) and three from Congress.

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