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May 14, 2012 at 10:04pm IST

I'm not quitting BJP, Gowda is a failure as Karnataka CM: Yeddyurappa

Bangalore: Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday hit out at the current state government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership, calling CM Sadanand Gowda a failure.

Addressing mediapersons in the state capital, the BJP leader said, "The Chief Minister is a failure. He should have resigned long ago…Gowda has betrayed the MLAs who made him the CM."

The Lingayat strongman further slammed BJP state in-charge Ananthkumar saying he was not concerned about Karnataka and its development. He said, "Ananthkumar is gunning to be the Chief Minister of Karnataka."

"I have complained several times about him to the national leadership," said Yeddyurappa.

Claiming that he has the support of 50-52 MLAs, Yeddyurappa said that as many as 40 MLAs have already submitted their resignation letters to him. He, however, added that he had asked the ministers loyal to him to resume their work.

"The CM and the state BJP chief have no face to interact with MLAs," said the former chief minister.

In a veiled threat to the party, the veteran politician said he had just postponed his decision.

He, however, praised senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley saying, "Jaitley is the only national leader who spoke to me many times."