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Karnataka Election 2018

‘It’s true I spoke to them,’ says Yeddyurappa as he admits he asked opposition MLAs to cross-vote

In a heart-wrenching speech before stepping down as CM, BS Yeddyurappa today accused the Congress and JDS of  combining and forming an “opportunistic” alliance. He also said that the popular opinion had been subverted due to their “conspiracy”.

To realize the public mandate and with development in mind, he said he asked members for the vote of conscience. “It is true that I had spoken to a few of them (in the opposition),” Yeddyurappa said.

Emphasizing on the BJP’s belief of a democratic system, he said he had hoped that MLAs ‘on the other side’ would keep in mind today’s political situation and understand that things would be completely different if his government came to power when the Modi government is at the Centre. “Some people had agreed to cooperate,” he said.

He, however, added, “who am I to question in politics? Expectation is different, there may be differences.” Assuring people that ’till his last breath’, he will travel across Karnataka and look into the development. He even promised to ensure that the party will win all 28 seats of the state in the Lok Sabha elections next year as he plans to “give it as a gift to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

Yeddyurappa, who announced his decision without facing the trust vote after not being able to gather the numbers, charged that the JDS-combine had kept the MLAs in captivity. “You kept MLAs in captivity. The situation of those MLAs was so pitiable that they could not speak to their families on phone,” he said in his speech. He taunted both the allied parties by stating that at least their family members would be happy to see them after days of forced captivity.

Governor Vajubhai Vala had given a 15-day window to Yeddyurappa to prove his strength, but it was refuted by the Supreme Court, which ordered that the floor test be held within 24 hours. Yeddyurappa’s main defence was that the Congress did not get people’s mandate, nor did the JDS.

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