Karnataka State Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) president BS Yeddyurappa backtracked on his remarks that there would be a “positive atmosphere” for his party to form the government after the Lok Sabha polls results are announced on May 23, insisting that he never said the coalition government will fall or that he would become CM.
On Sunday, Yeddyurappa said as many as 20 Congress MLAs were ready to switch to the BJP and that the party would also win the bypolls in Kundgol and Chincholi assembly seats. However, barely 24 hours later, Yeddyurappa said: “All I said was anything can happen to the coalition government, given the internal tussle between coalition partners Congress and JD(S).”
Yeddyurappa said coalition candidates would bite the dust in Mandya, Tumakuru, Kolar and even Kalaburagi where Mallikarjun Kharge, Congres Referring to JD(S) state president AH Vishwanath's outburst against former CM Siddaramaiah, Yeddyurappa claimed it was Kumaraswamy who is fuelling the spat. “Vishwanath is only expressing Kumaraswamy's feelings about Siddaramaiah,” he said.
Later, Yeddyurappa said he will not allow the next legislative session to run if the government does not completely waive farm loans as promised. “Kumaraswamy has betrayed farmers by falsely promising to waive their loans. It's been one year now and not many farmers have benefited from the scheme," he said.