Yeddyurappa rages; blames K'taka CM for crisis in state

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Bangalore, May 14: Former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa has broken his silence on his next course of action. In an apparent show of strength in the wake of the crisis with the state BJP government, Yeddyurappa claimed to have the support of 71 MLAs and stated that as many as 53 MLAs are ready to quit with him. 

He also launched a tirade against CM Sadananda Gowda and blamed him for the crisis in the state. He said that in spite of the many allegations in his name that surfaced especially during the last week, he thanked the MLAs who stood by him during thick and thin. He said that his loyalists stuck with him even after 9 months since he lost the CMs post.

BSY also claimed that Sadananda Gowda was unable to govern the state while senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar was desperate to become the CM. To set things straight, he said neither he nor his loyalists will quit. Further attacking the state BJP leadership, Yeddyurappa said that the CM has been insulting him and his followers. "I was promised that I would be made CM, but was betrayed." 

On his political future, Yeddyurappa stated that he has not dropped his demands but only postponed his decision. He added, "The CM and the state BJP chief have no face to interact with MLAs." He also said, "I was forced to resign by Ananth Kumar and gang."

He, however, praised BJP leader Arun Jaitley citing that he was the only leader who was ready to speak to him many times. At least for a while, the BJP central leadership can breathe easy after Yeddyurappa postponed his decision especially at a time when he has the backing of numbers as well.

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