Yeddy pipes down

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By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 12.03.12
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Yeddyurappa

Hubli, March 11: Former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa today changed his tone of rebellion and said he would no longer seek any position in the BJP and continue to serve as a party worker.

In a sign that he had yielded to the diktat of the BJP leadership, which had stonewalled his repeated attempts to return to the chief minister’s chair, Yeddyurappa said: “The Opposition’s dream of me splitting the party will not be realised.”

About his bid to return as chief minister, he said: “That chapter is closed.”

Yeddyurappa had to step down after the state Lokayukta indicted him in housing and mining scams in July 2011.

Yeddyurappa’s statement, which indicated a patch-up with the BJP top brass, came at a rally held today to celebrate his 70th birthday.

The rally, which was brought out in Hubli, 420km from Bangalore, to a grinding halt, saw more than a lakh party workers from northern district trooping to the Nehru Maidan.

“I promise you today that there will not be any groups in our party and we all will work as one united group,” Yeddyurappa said.

“I didn’t come here seeking some post or position. All I want is the party to get absolute majority in the next general elections,” he said.

Today, Yeddyurappa asked his supporters not to make trips to Delhi seeking his reinstatement as the chief minister. “That chapter is closed.”