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Karnataka: 2 Yeddyurappa MLAs refuse to join BJP

Karnataka: 2 Yeddyurappa MLAs refuse to join BJP

BS Yeddyurappa has said the party he launched Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), has merged with the BJP.

Bangalore: While former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa has been saying that the party he launched Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), has merged with the BJP, all is not so easy.

Two of the six MLAs have gone against the party diktat and defiantly remain in the KJP. The two MLAs from the North Karnataka region of Gulbarga and Yadgir are worried that the large number of minorities in their constituency will not like it if they went with the BJP.

KJP MLA BR Patil said, "Two-thirds of the MLAs have joined the BJP. But two of us (MLAs) have not. All along I have been a Janata Party man. It's difficult for me and my friends also to go with the BJP. Of course, there are a large number of minorities in our constituencies. There are two opinions, pro and against. We have to discuss."

first published:January 22, 2014, 17:43 IST