Conspiracy being hatched to unseat Yediyurappa, alleges rebel BJP MLA Yatnal


Bengaluru, Oct 9: BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, facing the ire of party's central leadership over his utterances on delay in grant of central aid for flood relief, alleged on Wednesday some people in the party were hatching a conspiracy to unseat Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

"You want one more month to go like this (without adequate flood relief from the Centre) and later remove Yediyurappa. This is your conspiracy," Yatnal alleged without naming anynbody. The Vijayapura MLA, who had served as a minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, also charged the Central leadership with colluding with the "conspirators".

"If you don't want him (Yediyurappa as CM), call him, tell him that you are now 77-years-old which is against our party's policy (to continue in electoral politics), take his resignation and select a new leader. Instead of doing this, you (central leaders) block the relief funds and encourage those who are Yediyurappa's opponents," he said.

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Days after the party high command served him a show-cause notice for his statements against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some other senior party functionaries over delay in grant of central aid, he appealed to the party leadership to summon Yediyurappa and his "opponents".

"You call both Yediyurappa and his opponents. You have the capability to teach Yediyurappa a lesson if he is wrong and also those who want to unseat Yediyurappa," he told reporters in Vijayapura. Yatnal has upped the ante against the party leadership for not releasing Central aid to the flood-ravaged districts of Karnataka.

"(West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Bannerjee gets the appointment (to meet PM) but not Yediyurappa. Whatmessage are you sending? I will ask these questions. Why shouldn't I ask them? I am also a party worker and I am the one who built the party," Yatnal said pointing to the allegedunsuccessful attempts of Yediyurappa to meet Narendra Modi.

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