KJP takes toll on BJP as MLC quits seat

Belgaum, Dec 11 : Karnataka Janata Party, (KJP) the reginal outfit launched by rebel leader B S Yeddyurappa continued to create problems for the ruling BJP in Karnataka as Legislative Council member Vijay Sankeshwar resigned from its membership.

Explaining the reasons, Mr Sankeshwar said he was forced out of the BJP and joined KJP as there was lack of internal democracy and he could not take the "suffocating" atmosphere in BJP any more. Before becoming an MLC, Mr. Sankeshwar represented Dharwad North in Parliament. He had also launched Kannada Nadu Paksha- a regional party, which was however a failure.

Later he had returned to the BJP. He has now identified himself with KJP during the Haveri convention. Chairman, Upper House D.H. Shankaramurthy announced in the House that Mr. Sankeshar resigned to his post and he had accepted it. Later, speaking to reporters Mr Sankeshwar said he resigned as MLC "voluntarily", as there was suffocating atmosphere in the Party, which was being remote controlled by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He also said that, BJP which reduced to majority had to quit on "moral grounds".

However, the BJP leaders strongly criticized the decision and described the action of Mr Sankeshwar as "sheer escapism". The former Chief Minister D.V. Sadanadna Gowda said the former submitted resignation without "consulting the Party leaders". He had followed his leader Mr. Yeddyurappa, who made him the MLC. "Door is wide open to those, who want to quit the Party", he said. BJP General Secretary and MLC Raghunath Rao Malkapure said the Party was contemplating to issue show-cause notice to all those who have attended Haveri convention and shared dais with Mr. Yeddyurappa.

- Agencies

Published On : Dec 11, 2012