Eshwarappa also said that all differences between himself and state party President Yeddyurappa were in the past.

Has the BJP Karnataka finally managed to move ahead of the Rayanna Brigade episodeFacebook
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With less than a year to go for 2018 Assembly polls in Karnataka, the state BJP leadership seems to finally be setting its house in order by putting the controversial Sangolli Rayanna Brigade episode to rest.

Senior leader KS Eshwarappa, who has been in a pitched battle with party President BS Yeddyurappa, told reporters in Shivamogga on Sunday that he has distanced himself from the Brigade.

Putting the issue to rest, Eshwarappa told TNM on Monday, “Whoever in the Rayanna Brigade is ready to join the BJP, we will welcome them to the party. The National President Amit Shah has directly told me the same.”

Ever since Yeddyurappa was named the state party chief in April 2016, the Brigade has haunted the party as a spectre of rebellion within the party. Providing a convenient forum from which to air grievances against Yeddyurappa, including that party leaders were being ignored in favour of the state President’s favourites, the Brigade proved a potent thorn in the Karnataka BJP’s side.

However, on May 26, BJP National President Amit Shah ended speculation on the party’s chief ministerial face by naming Yeddyurappa to the spot. Following this, the feud between the Yeddyurappa and Eshwarappa factions seems to have quieted down completely.

On his differences with Yeddyurappa, Eshwarappa said, “Although there were differences in the past, there are no differences now. All our differences have been settled.”

 “He is our leader, he is our next CM,” the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council told TNM.

On his own plans for the upcoming elections, Eshwarappa said that he will contest from the Shivamogga seat.

Read about the history of Sangolli Rayanna Brigade here: Challenging BS Yeddyurappa: How the leader is facing a caste-based rebellion from within