The BJP MLA had earlier courted a controversy when he told local party municipal members to not help Muslims.
Yatnal was a BJP MLA between 1994 and 1999. Between 1999 and 2009, he served as the BJP MP from Bijapur.
Under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, Yatnal served as minister of state for Textiles and Railways between 2002 and 2004.
In 2010, Yatnal had quit the BJP to join the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S).
A year later, he became an independent MLC after quitting the JD(S).
However, Yatnal returned to the BJP in 2013.