Referring to those whom he accused of confusing people on the issue, he said: "Let them wait with patience till December. There is no question of me staying in this party. There is no change in my decision on quitting the party."
Yeddyurappa also threatened to bring down the Jagadish Shettar-led government if any action is taken against ministers who are loyal to him. "If my followers who are in the ministry are troubled, then this government will not survive," Yeddyurappa stressed.
Stating that he will resign from the MLA post in Dec, Yeddyurappa said that he will leave on a statewide tour after bidding goodbye to the BJP. According to his aides, the former Karnataka Chief Minister is planning to launch a regional party before the state goes to the polls.
In this connection, Yeddyurappa will shortly meet his supporters from all the districts. Assembly elections are due to be held in Karnataka early next year.
Incidentally, the BJP's central leadership has indicated that Yeddyurappa is testing their patience by his frequent outbirsts against the state government. The fact that he recently praised the Congress high command has not escaped their attention.
Replying to a query about Yeddyurappa's defiance of late, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman yesterday said: "We know what to do and when to do. We are closely watching his statements."