More trouble for BJP?

Remove Yeddyurappa as BJP state chief by May 10 factional feud grows
news Politics Friday, April 28, 2017 - 09:56

Even as the rift between Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyurappa and KS Eshwarappa, the opposition leader in the legislative council, continues to grow, the latter's faction has now demanded that the national leadership replace Yeddyurappa. 

According to a report in The Times of India, the demand to replace Yeddyurappa with Eshwarappa as the party's state president was quite strong in the "Samsthe Ulisi” (save organisation) meet held by the Eshwarappa faction at Bengaluru’s Palace Grounds on Thursday. 

Eshwarappa's faction has reportedly urged the national leadership to iron out the internal conflict by May 10. Former minister Shivanna added that he will proceed to hold another rally on May 20 if Yeddyurappa failed to meet their demands by then.

The differences between the two senior party leaders were out on public display, when Eshwarappa supporters pushed Puttuswamy- a Yeddyurappa loyalist- out of the Save organisation event on Thursday. 

Sources close to Yeddyurappa told TOI that Thursday's rally was videotaped and sent to party's national leaders. 

“The meeting was videotaped, and the speeches made in Kannada were translated to Hindi and Gujarati, and sent to Amit Shah.

“The allegation that Santhosh was behind the dissidence against Yeddyurappa is said to have rattled the party leaders. He was the organizing secretary for Karnataka and almost mentored the BJP government in Karnataka in 2008. Along the way, he nursed political ambitions,” an unnamed source told TOI.


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