BJP not indulging in Operation Lotus: Yeddy

Hubli: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday said his party was not indulging in "any Operation Lotus" (to lure other MLAs) and those who were joining BJP were doing so "voluntarily".

"There is no Operation Lotus. A few MLAs from other parties voluntarily want to join BJP. Although we told them, we don`t need them, if they voluntarily come to our party, we welcome them," he told reporters at Hubli airport.

"We have never been involved in inducing other party MLAs to come to our party," he said.

Recently, Congress and JD-S had flayed the BJP government in the Assembly for allegedly attempting to lure Opposition MLAs, terming it as "murder of democracy" in the wake of JD-S MLA Karadi Sanganna resigning from the Legislative Assembly on March 3.

Inviting people of the state to participate in the three-day World Kannada Meet which is being held in Belgaum from March 11, Yeddyurappa said he would speed up developmental works after the budget session was over.

The chief minister also assured that he would look into the problems faced by the farmers.

Earlier, he dedicated the `Gangubai Hangal Gurukula Trust` named after the doyen of Hindustani music, to the nation.