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Yeddyurappa flays BJP for backing Sangma

Yeddyurappa flays BJP for backing Sangma
There is no end to the troubles in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governed state of Karnataka. A day after cross voting in the state surprised the party leaders, the former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has now attacked the party for backing the candidature of PA Sangma in the presidential elections.

While speaking in the state assembly the former chief minister whose had an uneasy relationship with the party over the last couple of months, said that Pranab Mukherjee should have been elected unanimously.

Yeddyurappa said that presidential elections were inevitable because of lack of foresight and other reasons.

The BJP leader attacked Sangma's plan to move Supreme Court against Mukherjee and termed is nothing but a misadventure on Sangma's part. Yeddyurappa appealed that Sangma should not resort to such move.

Taken aback by the cross-voting that occurred in the state, BJP on Monday said that it will be forming a committee to look into the matter. 'There are doubts that 14 BJP MLAs have cross-voted. We will soon set up a committee to probe the matter and identify those who indulged in it,' said Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar.

Shettar informed that State party President K S Eswarappa, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, has announced a committee to probe the cross-voting and action would be taken after getting its report. Shettar has been facing rebellion within the party as some MLAs are unhappy as they were denied ministerial berths.

In the counting that took place yesterday it emerged that UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee received 117 votes whereas NDA-backed P A Sangma had 103 votes in the 224-member Assembly. BJP has 119 MLA's in the state.
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