EC asks query as KJP founder targets party chief BSY

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Bangalore, Jan 18: Founder president of Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) Padmanabh Prasanna has recently told the Election Commission (EC) not to allot the symbol and party status to the KJP which is now headed by former BJP leader and ex-chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.

Prasanna informed the EC that his resignation from the post of the KJP president was an ad hoc move and now he wanted to withdraw it. He contended that Yeddyurappa's election as the president of the KJP was not in tune to law and that his claim should not be entertained.

Subsequently, the EC has sought details from the Lingayat strongman about the proceedings of the KJP's general body talks held in Nov and Dec last year, where Yeddyurappa and Dhananjay Kumar were elected as the full-time and interim presidents, respectively.

Sources from Yeddyurappa's camp, however, have dismissed all this gimmick and said the EC already dismissed the claim of Prasanna. They said Prasanna could not reclaim the president's post once his resignation was recorded in the executive committee meeting.

They also said to have documents to prove that Prasanna's claim that Yeddyurappa's election was illegal. The sources added that the party would provide the EC with documents related to Yeddyurappa's election as the KJP chief.

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