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The knives are out for Yediyurappa

A marketing campaign is build up towards Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa within the ruling BJP in Karnataka. This follows the denial of ministerial berths to a number of get together old-timers within the February 6 cupboard growth and the chief minister’s reported bid to safe an influential put up for his son B.Y. Vijayendra within the get together organisation.

For over every week now, two unsigned letters (in English and Kannada) have been circulating in BJP circles, citing Yediyurappa’s age and failing well being’ and his makes an attempt to empower his son, and demanding the appointment of a brand new chief minister. Yediyurappa, who turns 77 on February 27, has drawn the ire of senior BJP leaders, resembling Umesh Katti, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, Murugesh Nirani, M.P. Renukacharya, Siddu Savadi, Sanganna Karadi and Anand Mamani, as they had been ignored of the cupboard. Katti and Nirani met BJP president J.P. Nadda within the first week of February to lodge a grievance.

The rise up’ towards Yediyurappa has been launched by Lingayat leaders within the state BJP. The Lingayats, the sect to which Yediyurappa additionally belongs, make up about 17 per cent of Karnataka’s inhabitants and have been BJP loyalists. The infighting started when BSY, beholden to the 10 MLAs who had defected from the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) final 12 months and helped the BJP come to energy in Karnataka, was compelled to accommodate them in authorities.

There can be disgruntlement over efforts to prop up Vijayendra, with a senior BJP chief saying that dynastic rule won’t be tolerated within the get together
With age catching up, Yediyurappa needs to cement positions for his sons within the BJP, says N. Prakash, a Mysuru-based political analyst. The induction of the 10 disqualified MLAs had already enraged get together veterans. Yediyurappa’s supporters are ganging up on him.

The appointment of the 10 MLAs itself was marked with drama, and Yediyurappa needed to change the portfolios of six of them inside a day. Katti has gone public together with his assault on Yediyurappa. I’ve been a minister for 13 years. With God’s grace, my goal now could be to occupy the chief minister’s put up, he mentioned.

The miffed ministerial aspirants have recently been joined by extra rebels’ Mohan Limbikayi, S. Munenkoppa, C.M. Nimbannavar, Aravind Bellad, Mahesh Kumtahalli and Shashikant Akkappa Naik. We will intensify our combat in March after the chief minister’s birthday celebrations, mentioned one among them.

While Yediyurappa’s followers have dismissed the letters as mischief by a couple of irate legislators, Prakash cautions: The subject will have an effect on the picture of the federal government, which has hardly something to point out when it comes to efficiency. Yediyurappa must also downplay his son’s function within the BJP.

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