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After Karnataka setback, BS Yeddyurappa vows to stage a comeback

In a Facebook post, Yeddyurappa hit out at the Congress and JD(S) saying the parties were rejected by the people but they “conspired” against the BJP. He also lamented that “democracy has been axed.”

india Updated: May 21, 2018 21:23 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
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Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa at Chamarajanagar.(PTI File Photo)

Coming to grips with the loss in the numbers game in government formation, BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa on Monday vowed to stage a comeback.

He told party workers in an emotional message that their efforts would not go in vain.

Yeddyurappa, who bowed out of as chief minister in less than three days after being sworn in on May 17, lamented that “democracy has been axed.”

The BJP as the single largest party, which got the people’s mandate, was thrown out of power, he said in a Facebook post.

The Congress was reduced to 78 seats from 122 in the previous assembly and JD(S) with 37 seats too lost three seats as compared to the last assembly, he said.

Both JDS and Congress joined hands to form a coalition government after Yeddyurappa announced his decision to quit without taking the floor test on Saturday due to lack of numbers.

BJP won 104 seats.

“Having won the maximum seats, it was a responsibility bestowed upon us by our voters to form the government. However it is now known to the world why we failed. The two parties, which were rejected by the people, conspired against us,” said Yeddyurappa in his post.

The BJP state chief said he has not lost his morale.

He recalled how he stood up for the cause of farmers who were committing suicide in huge numbers due to inability to repay farm loans.

Yeddyurappa said “We don’t have power, yet we have the determination to fight for the cause of farmers. The objective of my government was to enable them to proudly say ‘I am a farmer’.

He said the party’s resolve remained the same and it could continue to fight for the farmers’ cause by sitting in the opposition.

Recalling his past hardships, he said he rose from a clerk to a leader due to the love of his supporters.

The BJP chief said “You have toiled hard for the party, left your family for months on my call for ‘Parivartana Yatre’. I will not let your efforts go down the drain. Don’t lose heart. Your strength is my strength.”

He asked his workers to stay calm for a while, for he would soon return with more strength, more courage and more abilities.

Yeddyurappa also visited the home of an admirer at Santebennur in Davangere district, who reportedly died of a heart attack soon after he resigned the post of chief minister on May 19, and consoled the family members.

First Published: May 21, 2018 20:59 IST