New Delhi, June 10: Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar on Sunday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yeddyurappa over his claims that several disgruntled leaders from the ruling Congress and JD(S) are eager to join BJP. Speaking to media, over the issue, Congress leader Shivakumar said,”Yeddyurappa has to accept the defeat. People haven’t given him the mandate. Some leaders were unhappy but we have sorted the issues.”
“I’m in touch with all MLAs and nothing will go wrong in the state,” said the Karnataka minister.
Earlier on Saturday, addressing partymen, the former chief minister Yeddyurappa, who is also the state BJP chief had said,”It is our responsibility to induct those who are disgruntled with the JD(S) and Congress and their style of administration in every assembly segment, and are willing to join the BJP, thereby strengthening the party in every constituency.”
He added that the party has “complete strength” with 104 members in the assembly and “let’s work as a “strong opposition.”
“How long this government will function is a different matter, but without aspiring for seat of power, let us all 104 members work as successful opposition with our good work,” Yeddyurapp said.
On May 15, as the assembly polls threw up hung assembly with the BJP emerging as the single largest party, the BJP had formed the government, but conceded the numbers game with Yeddyurappa resigning on May 19 without facing the trust vote. Following this, Congress-JD(S) post poll coalition formed the government in the state, under the leadership of HD Kumaraswamy.