Yeddyurappa claims threat to his life from ''black magic''

Mysore, Jan 31 (PTI) Karnataka Chief Minister B SYeddyurappa today claimed there was a conspiracy to eliminatehim by taking recourse to "black magic" after efforts to useit to unseat him from power failed.

In remarks that are bound to raise the political heatin the state further, Yeddyurappa said, "Those who indulged inblack magic to unseat me from power and failed are involved init again".

"There is a conspiracy to eliminate me. I am not evensure whether I will return home after visiting Vidhana Soudha(state secretariat)," said Yeddyurappa, who has been facingunending troubles since becoming chief minister in 2008.

Yeddyurappa, who was instrumental in bringing BJP topower for the first time in the south, overcame two bouts ofinternal revolt and won confidence motion twice in assemblybefore facing a criminal case for alleged corruption withGovernor H R Bhardwaj sanctioning his prosecution recently.

On October 11 last, when Yeddyurappa faced the firstfloor test, chopped chicken heads and vermillion-smeared poojaarticles were found strewn near the Vidhana Soudha, fuelingrumours that it was part of witchcraft.

Yeddyurappa had then blamed the opposition for it, butthey had accused him of indulging in such practises to remainin power.

When a reporter asked him whether he calls allegedblack magic a "threat to his life", he shot back "so what?".

Known for his frequent visits to temples, especiallyduring crisis, and for liberal donations, often invitingopposition ridicule and criticism, Yeddyurappa, however, saidhe would not be cowed down by such threats (black magic).

He said he would soon write to Prime Minister ManmohanSingh complaining against Bhardwaj for his remarks "Ulta chorkotwal ko dante" (thief chiding police), terming it as aninsult to him and also to the six crore people of the state.

The controversial remarks of Bhardwaj, who has beenconsistently at logger heads with Yeddyurappa, came recentlyafter the state cabinet advised him not to proceed on thepetition seeking his nod for the chief minister''s prosecution.

"The BJP high command is fully supporting me. I wantto tell those outside the BJP and also our partymen that therewill be a BJP Government in Karnataka for the remaining twoyears tenure. No body can dislodge it".

Asked about BJP leader Shatrugan Sinha''s observationthat he should quit over the allegations of corruption andland scams, Yeddyurappa declined to react to it.

"I don''t want to react. All I can say is the partyhigh command is fully supporting me," he said.

Yeddyurappa was here along with Sri ShivakumaraSwamiji, the pontiff of Siddaganga mutt in Tumkur, to attend amass marriage organised by the Suttur Mutt, a prominentreligious institution of majority Lingayat community.

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