At a rally in Bangalore on Wednesday, Dec 26, Yeddyurappa blamed Shettar for mis-governance in the state. The President of newly formed Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) said that Shettar and his government were ignoring poor people.
Media reports said that Yeddyurappa slammed Shettar as "shameless" and compared him with Kumbhakarna (an important character in the Hindu epic Ramayana who had the habit of sleeping for six months at a time).
Yeddyurappa said BJP government started neglecting the poor sections after he was forced to resign from the post of Chief Minister, more than a year back. He said currently BJP has stopped monthly social security pensions to the elderly, widow and physically handicapped.
"The state government has completely ignored my dream schemes like Bhagyalakshmi, Sandhya Suraksha and old age pension schemes," he claimed.
Moreover, Yeddyurappa is adamant to topple fellow Lingayat Shettar's government by first-week of Jan 2013. Yeddyurappa has vowed to destroy BJP government in the state. The reason behind Yeddyurappa's anger is that BJP has sacked 30 of his followers from the party. The 70-year-old politician said that BJP government did not have a mandate to rule in Karnataka.
Yeddyurappa added that Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar did not have required number of MLAs to run the government. Yeddyurappa said he would meet governor HR Bhardwaj with the request to ask the government to prove its majority.
"The government has been reduced to a minority. Chief minister Jagadish Shettar has no moral right to continue. I will apprise the governor of the situation. I am sure the governor will appreciate my concern. As per my understanding of the situation, there is a minority government in the state and if they do not take the corrective measures, the state may head towards a constitutional crisis, necessitating a fresh mandate," Yeddyurappa told reporters in Mysore.