Amid efforts by the BJP central leadership to end the crisis in Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday accused the dissidents of trying to destabilise his government when the state was grappling with the worst-ever flood disaster.
A day after indicating his willingness for a patch-up with rebels led by Ministers Karunakara Reddy, Janardhana Reddy and Sreeramulu, who have been spearheading a campaign to oust him, Yeddyurappa said "some politicians" were "fighting for the chair".
"In this hour of crisis when lakhs of people have been rendered homeless in the floods and are suffering, some politicians are trying to destabilise the government which does not befit them. They are fighting for the chair. The interests of the state cannot be pledged. I will never allow it," he said.
Speaking after unveiling a Rs five stamp in memory of Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar at a function here on the occasion of the 54th Kannada Rajyotsava-- state formation day-- celebrations, Yeddyurappa said he was "not fighting for the chair".
Hitting out at the rebel camp, most of whom are in Hyderabad and Goa, he said "we should not try to create such a situation that we have to bow our heads before the people".
"There is a need to face the crisis (flood) together)," Yeddyurappa said, appealing to the people to be "united in this critical hour".
The assertions of Yeddyurappa, who is facing the heat from the rival camp over his style of functioning, came even as his emissaries met party veteran L K Advani in Delhi and briefed him about the ongoing developments.
As the dissidents' activities gained momentum, Yeddyurappa had yesterday sought to reach out to the rebels, signalling his willingness for rapprochement.
"If somebody has done anything in the grip of emotion... we can change our stand in the interest of the people and development... we can join hands," he had said.
The dissidents are projecting assembly Speaker Jagadish Shettar as their candidate to replace Yeddyurappa.
The Rajyotsava celebrations were subdued due to the recent devastating floods in Karnataka. The crisis in the government has also cast its shadow on it.
Earlier, expressing solidarity with flood victims, Yeddyurappa had announced that Rajyotsava Day would be celebrated in a 'very low-key manner' in the state capital.
Yeddyurappa said he would invite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Minister for Law and Justice M Veerappa Moily to lay the foundation stone of houses for those displaced by floods.