Karnataka: Will Yeddyurappa's revenge destroy BJP forever?

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Bangalore, Dec 8: The 70-year-old former Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa is in a revengeful mood. He is all set to launch Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) on Sunday, Dec 9 at a rally in Haveri, around 350 km from Bangalore. The former BJP leader quit his parent party as he was unhappy for not getting back the Chief Minister's chair after he was forced to abdicate it on charges of corruption.

Does the launch of Yeddyurappa's party signal the doom of BJP in Karnataka? It was under Yeddyurappa's leadership BJP succeeded in forming its government in Karnataka for the first time, almost five years back.

Yeddyurappa said that the KJP would be contesting all seats (224 constituencies) in the next Assembly elections and that the party had finalised a list of 100 candidates.

"I will prove that the KJP is a party with a difference," he said. The Haveri programme is expected to provide a platform for Yeddyurappa to lash out at the BJP, particularly some of its leaders with whom he has had a running battle for long.

Among those expected to be present at the KJP convention are actors Pooja Gandhi and Rakshita, former legislators Jabbar Khan Honnali, Fr Jacob, H Srinivasa Shetty, UR Sabhapathy, KH Srinivasa, Michael Fernandes, M Raghupathy, K Kushala and Vishwanath.

Yeddyurappa has been claiming that more than 400,000 people will attend the rally. However, the focus is more on the number of BJP ministers and legislators who will attend the rally, defying repeated threats by the leadership that they will be expelled.

"We are ready to sacrifice our government to maintain discipline and ministers and legislators attending the rally have no place in the party," state BJP chief KS Eshwarappa said.

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