Shivamogga, May 12: K.S. Eshwarappa, Shivamogga MLA and former Deputy Chief Minister, has expressed confidence that B.S. Yeddyurappa, president of BJP State unit, will become Chief Minister after the announcement of the result of Lok Sabha election.
“The major chunk of the leaders of Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress were unhappy over the seat sharing agreement for the Lok Sabha election. Owing to the discontentment among its leaders and cadres, both the parties would lose key constituencies in Karnataka. The squabbles between the leaders of the two parties would enhance after the declaration of the Lok Sabha poll results, leading to fall of the coalition government,” he said at a press conference in the city on Saturday.
For selfish ends
Referring to the statements issued by some of the Congress MLAs on Siddaramaiah, chairman of JD(S)-Congress coordination committee, becoming Chief Minister, he said that the statements were issued at the behest of Mr. Siddaramaiah. He alleged that to fulfil his “selfish ends” Mr. Siddaramaiah was trying to de-stabilise the coalition government through a section of Congress MLAs who are his followers.
“Mr. Siddaramaiah’s dream of becoming the Chief Minister again will remain unfulfilled.”
Exuding confidence of BJP’s victory in the byelection for Kundagol and Chincholi Assembly seats, he said that the BJP’s tally of 104 seats in the State Assembly would soon enhance to 106.
“The disgruntled MLAs in Congress will rebel against the party after Lok Sabha election and pull down the coalition government in the State after which the BJP will come to power,” he said.
Mr. Eshwarappa said that the Congress party in Karnataka was mired in factional feud as the differences between the followers of G. Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Minister and Mr. Siddaramaiah have widened. The administration machinery in the State has become paralysed owing to the strife between the Congress leaders, he alleged.
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