Bangalore, Sept 28 (IBNS): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yeddyurappa on Friday slammed party chief Nitin Gadkari for not appointing him as the Karnataka Party President.
"When Sadananda Gowda was made the Chief Minister, I was assured by Nitin Gadkari that I would be made the party president in Karnataka. That promise was not kept," Yeddyurppa said while addressing a press conference here.
The former Karnataka Chief Minister praised rival Congress party and said: "At least the Congress does not let down its leaders."
Yeddyurappa skipped the BJP's national executive meeting held on Wednesday at Surajkund in Haryana.
Instead of attending the meet, he decided to join a three-day course with the Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore.
Pertinently, the Art of Living Foundation is headed by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Speaking on the matter, he said: "In the last 40 years, this is the first time that I did not attend the national executive meeting."
Yeddyurappa said he will write a letter to Gadkari and explain the reason behind skipping the meeting.
The relationship between Yeddyurappa and the BJP has moved through rough weathers in the recent past.
Yeddyurappa last week said he was facing 'suffocating environment' inside the party.
He said he is waiting for a right time to decide his future.
Yeddyurappa, the powerful south-Indian leader of BJP, on July 31 last year was forced to resign as the Chief Minister of Karnataka after he was indicted by the then Karnataka Lokayukta N antosh Hedge in the illegal mining report.
Yeddyurappa and his family members were named by Hegde in what was called a Rs 16,000 crore illegal mining scam.