The Bharatiya Janata Party said Saturday was a "bad day" for it as its former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa faced arrest in graft cases but asserted senior party leader LK Advani's yatra would go through the state regardless.
This development would not affect Advani's anti-corruption yatra that is set to pass through the state on Oct 30 and Oct 31, state BJP chief KS Eshwarappa told reporters in this coastal town, about 350 km from Bangalore.
"This is a bad day for us," Eshwarappa admittde shortly after the Lokayukta special court in Bangalore rejected Yeddyurappa's bail plea and directed his arrest in two graft cases.
"The law will take its course and we are confident that Yeddyurappa will come out clean," he added.
He said Advani will not cancel the Karnataka part of his Jan Chetna Yatra against corruption. The yatra is scheduled to enter Karnataka from Kasargod in Kerala on Oct 30.
Advani is scheduled to address meetings in this town, neighbouring Udupi and at two other places, Honnavara and Ankola in Uttara Kannada district, on Oct 31 before crossing over into Goa.
The BJP, both at the state and the national level, was in a piquant situation on whether Yeddyurappa should be allowed to take part in Advani's yatra in Karnataka.
The state unit was evasive on the issue. A party spokesperson had declined a clear answer on the issue during his press meet in Bangalore Thursday.
Asked whether Yeddyurappa will participate in the yatra, party general secretary CT Ravi only said "Yeddyurappa remains a prominent leader of the party in the state."