Dispelling speculations about his plans, the Lingayat strongman has also moved the Election Commission seeking 'cycle' as the symbol of his party. Sources placed close to the rebel BJP leader said he opted for the symbol for no other party in Karnataka has 'cycle' as its symbol. In Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav has 'cycle' as its symbol.
It is learnt that Yeddyurappa will resign from the BJP's primary membership by the end of this month. He, however, asked his loyalists in the BJP not to pull out immediately after his exit. A BJP leader close to him said the former CM does not want to create a crisis for the state government which is being led by his fellow Lingayat leader Jagadish Shettar. The latter is the third chief minister of the state within a span of four years.
At least 45 BJP MLAs are expected to respond to Yeddyurappa's rally. Although the BJP's top leadership is confident that BSY will ultimately not quit the party.