Winning three Assembly seats is my reply to charges: BS Yeddyurappa

Bangalore, March 25 (Agencies): Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Friday said he would “reply” to allegations against him by winning all the three assembly by-elections to be held in the state on April 9. “We will win all the three constituencies,” he told reporters here. “In these times of allegations, their (the opposition Congress and JDS) aim is to put me on the dock by trying to dent my image”. “Reply for it is by winning all the three constituencies,” Yeddyurappa added. “This is my aim. It’s a matter of prestige for the party (BJP)”.
The bypoll was necessitated following the resigning of assembly membership by M C Ashwath of JDS from Chennapatna, S V Ramachandra of Congress (Jagalur-ST) and M Naryarayana Swamy of Congress (Bangarpet-SC). The chief minister dismissed talk of rebellion against him and dissident activities as “media creation”. He said the party’s state unit President K S Eshwarappa,who has reportedly leading the dissidents, is close to him and would remain so in future. “We are all together, there are no differences”. Yeddyurappa will leave for Delhi tomorrow to meet top party leaders in the wake of dissidents stepping up their campaign for his ouster.
Speaking to reporters, the chief minister said he would meet eminent jurist Fali S Nariman to discuss the Krishna river water disputes tribunal award and also meet top party leaders. “I am visiting Delhi tomorrow to meet Fali S Nariman to discuss with him the Krishna river water disputes tribunal award. I will also call on senior BJP leaders,” he said. Dissidents, led by state unit BJP President K S Eswarappa, have been camping in Delhi for the last three days, demanding change in leadership of Yeddyurappa, facing allegations of corruption. In another development, Dharmendra Pradhan, in-charge of BJP affairs in Karnataka, is likely to arrive here this evening, BJP sources said. Pradhan would hold meetings with party leaders and legislators, they said.