Bangalore: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Karnataka KS Eshwarappa said the party has become "free and pure" after the exit of BS Yeddyurappa. Referring to Yeddyurappa, Eshwarappa, who resigned as state unit BJP President earlier in March, said the party's workers and well-wishers were earlier pained on two fronts -- confusion over state leadership and people facing corruption charges.
"Now, there is a unity in the leadership. There is no confusion," he claimed. "The workers and well-wishers are happy that those facing CBI cases and had served a prison term are not there. The party has become free and pure."
When pointed out that the party still had some MLAs who faced corruption charges and spent time in jail, Eshwarappa, also Deputy Chief Minister, said the party would take a call on them during distribution of tickets for the coming Assembly poll. Meanwhile, he said consultations have been completed vis-a-vis selection of candidates in all the 224 constituencies for the May 5 poll, with interactions with BJP district president, MPs and MLAs, and the party would finalise the list at a meeting of the State election committee on March 23, which would then be forwarded to the central leadership for clearance.
In 150 segments, the party has finalised a single candidate each. Eshwarappa said the party would face the election on the plank of the achievements of the government in the past five years and the development work it carried out, and expressed confidence of returning to power.
Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who was with him at the press conference, said: "We will come back (to power) with clear majority". Shettar said the party has formed a manifesto committee, under the chairmanship of Bangalore North Lok Sabha member DB Chandre Gowda. To a question, Eshwarappa said the state unit will invite Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for campaigning in the State.