Yeddyurappa mellows down tone of rebellion

Yeddyurappa mellows down tone of rebellion

By: || Updated: 11 Mar 2012 09:13 PM

Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday changed his tone
of rebellion and said he would no longer seek any position in the BJP and
continue to serve as a party worker.

In a sign that he had yielded to the diktat of the BJP leadership, which
had stonewalled his repeated attempts to return to the chief minister's
chair, Yeddyurappa said: "The opposition's dream of me splitting the party
will not be realised."

About his bid to return as chief minister, he said: "That chapter is

Yeddyurappa had to step down after the state Lokayukta indicted him in
housing and mining scams in July 2011. Yeddyurappa's statement, which
indicated a patch-up with the BJP top brass, came at a rally held on
Sunday to celebrate his 70th birthday.

The rally, which was brought out in Hubli, 420km from Bangalore, to a
grinding halt, saw more than a lakh party workers from northern district
trooping to the Nehru Maidan.

"I promise you today that there will not be any groups in our party and we
all will work as one united group," Yeddyurappa said.

"I didn't come here seeking some post or position. All I want is the party
to get absolute majority in the next general elections," he said.

Yeddyurappa asked his supporters not to make trips to Delhi seeking his
reinstatement as the chief minister. "That chapter is closed," he said.

- The Telegraph, Calcutta

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