Shettar said Yeddyurappa's efforts to topple the BJP government in the state have failed and now the KJP leaders were trying to put pressure on the BJP MLAs to join their party. Shettar said this on Sunday while speaking at the convention of the BJP activists organised as part of the ongoing Vijaya Sankalp Yatra here.
Deputy Chief Minister KS Eshwarappa, former Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, state party chief Pralhad Joshi who recently took over and party national general secretary Ananth Kumar were also present on the occasion.
The chief minister said the KJP president had been trying to dislodge him from power from the very first day of taking charge. He alleged that Yeddyurappa even tried to push the Opposition leaders to pass no-confidence motion against the government but it was the united show of the BJP MLAs that stopped him from succeeding.
Shettar is the third chief minister to take charge of the state government inside five years. Yeddyurappa, the first chief minister, was forced to step down after being indicted on corruption charges while he himself had played an instrumental role in removing his successor Gowda from office.
In response to Yeddyurappa's statements that he was betrayed by BJP workers, Shettar said it was the former himself who was responsible for his own downfall.
Shettar also said that the information on the development work which has been initiated by the BJP government in the state could not be reached to the people owing to political confusions. He said the government was trying to highlight its achievements during the Vijay Sankalp Yatra and the people were impressed with its success story.
He said the BJP would retain power in the state by winning more than 120 seats in the upcoming assembly elections. The polls to the 224 seat-strong assembly will take place on May 5 while the results will be declared on May 8.