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Friday, August 19, 2011
Scandal-hit Yeddyurappa drops plans to support Hazare with Bengaluru 'dharna'!
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August 18, 2011 / IANS, Bengaluru / DC.
Former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at an event in Bengaluru - Agencies.
Scam-hit former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday backed out of his plan to stage an indefinite 'dharna' (sit-in) to support social activist Anna Hazare's anti-graft campaign reportedly after being pulled up by his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.
Yeddyurappa, who quit on July 31 after being indicted by Lokayukta (ombudsman) for graft in illegal mining, on Wednesday announced that he would launch indefinite 'dharna' near Mahamta Gandhi statue in Bengaluru city centre to support Hazare's campaign against corruption.
The opposition Congress and Janata Dal-Secular mocked at the plan and dubbed it as a case of 'wolf offering to protect sheep'.
A section of the ruling BJP in Karnataka also opposed Yeddyurappa's plan, fearing the party would be butt of jokes as the former chief minister is facing several graft cases and has moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail apprehending arrest.
"We apprised our central leaders that Yeddyurappa staging 'dharna' against corruption is highly inappropriate and would expose the BJP to ridicule. He was told by our central leaders to desist from actions that would bring further bad name to the party," a senior leader said, requesting anonymity.