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Karnataka: Poaching exposes fissures in BJP

BENGALURU: The repeated efforts via BJP state unit president BS Yeddyurappa to topple the coalition government seem to have taken a toll on birthday party legislators. Such has been his desperation to change into chief minister, sources in the birthday party said, that he has been alienating the skilled staff in poaching MLAs and trusting the second-rung leadership to entice disgruntled Congress and JD(S) MLAs.

As a consequence, fissures have formed within the birthday party as office-bearers and Yeddyurappa’s erstwhile lieutenants have distanced themselves from his efforts of bringing BJP again to energy. According to sources, leaders like R Ashoka, Basavaraj Bommai, KS Eshwarappa, CT Ravi and others have distanced themselves from Yeddyurappa and left the poaching to CN Ashwathnarayan, Balachandra Jarkiholi and Arvind Limbavali.

Yeddyurappa is reportedly influenced so much via his second son BY Vijayendra. Till a couple of month and a part in the past, Ashoka was once one in all Yeddyurappa’s trusted lieutenants. However, the birthday party president, following advice from a piece of the leadership over Ashoka’s failure and boasts of bringing in disgruntled ruling birthday party MLAs, made up our minds to keep him outside administrative and political selections.

“For about one and a part months, Ashoka and Yeddyurappa were not on talking phrases as the former deputy CM was once saved out of the loop when a gathering for three Bengaluru Lok Sabha seats was once referred to as. He had switched off his phone and Yeddyurappa had to send emissaries V Somanna and Prabhakar Kore to resolve their differences,” said a BJP leader.

The birthday party is seeing severe pageant between Ashoka, Ashwathnarayan, CT Ravi, DV Sadananda Gowda and Shobha Karandlaje in trying to change into the Vokkaliga face.

Yeddyurappa could also be said to have lower Bommai off from the core group. “Had it been Bommai, who has observed coalition politics up close even all the way through Deve Gowda’s days, the birthday party would hava higher probability,” said a senior birthday party legislator.

However, with the brand new crop of political leaders assuring Yeddyurappa of bringing 10-15 ruling coalition birthday party MLAs to the BJP without concrete effects, the situation boomeranged on him.

“The desperation of Yeddyurappa is evident from the truth that despite warnings from the high command and national president Amit Shah not to pursue energy, he continues to consider he can change into the executive minister,” said any other birthday party worker.

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