The turf war between BJP president and former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and Opposition Leader and supporter of the Sangolli Rayanna Brigade, Eswarappa seems to have escalated.
On Tuesday, the BJP suspended former Mayor of Bengaluru D Venkatesh Murthy from the party, the Deccan Herald reported.
Murthy, a close aide of Eshwarappa, is a three-time Bengaluru corporator, who became the mayor due to Eshwarappaâ€™s support.
Murthy is also the founder-President of the Rayanna Brigade, which is backed by Eshwarappa. He is also the general secretary of the Rayanna Brigade and the Senior Vice President of the Kurubara Sangha.
Murthy was issued suspension notice by BJPâ€™s Bengaluru President, PN Sadashiva on Tuesday. The party suspended him on the grounds of indulging in anti-party activities based on complaints received from other party members, the Times Of India reported.
A notice was issued in this regard and it did not mention the duration of the suspension. Murthy, at a media briefing in Belagavi, said that he had not done anything to damage the partyâ€™s interests and intended to write back to the party, seeking revocation of suspension, the DH report said.
Reacting to the move by the party, Eshwarappa said that the Brigade has no intention to make Yeddyurappa the next CM or bring the BJP to power.
â€śIt only aim is to uplift the downtrodden. There has been a change in the brigadeâ€™s stance. Earlier, it had plans to make Yeddyurappa the CM, but he has said that he doesnâ€™t need the Brigadeâ€™s support and that the public would make him the CM,â€ť Eshwarappa was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
The Opposition Leader went on to say that based on consultation with seers of various mutts, it was decided that the Rayanna Brigade would not support any political party and neither would the Brigade emerge as a political party, the Hindu report adds.
Eshwarappa then changed his tune and said that on the issue of the Brigade, differences between him and Yeddyurappa had ended and that the BJP and the Brigade were separate organisations. He also said that he would never cut ties with the BJP, the Hindu reported.