Yediyurappa keeps BJP on tenterhooks

Veteran BJP leader BS Yediyurappa’s proposed tour of Karnataka has left the party’s top leaders worried. Party leaders are concerned that he could embarrass BJP with his utterances during the yatra, insiders said.The 78-year old Lingayat strongman has accepted the party suggestion to take state president Nalinkumar Kateel along for the yatra, but BJP leaders are still nervousness, according to party insiders. Yediyurappa stepped down as chief minister on July 26 and is believed to be sulking as the has not assigned him any organisational responsibilities. He had planned to undertake the tour soon after Independence Day but deferred to the party requests to do it after Vinakaya Chaturthi festivities. The plans have once again been postponed till the end of the legislature session.Yediyurappa’s track record is too recent to forget easily. In 2013, the Congress was a beneficiary after he broke away from BJP to form his own political outfit. His party won only a few seats but destroyed BJP’s prospects in many assembly seats.Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai has been in the saddle for just about six weeks and there are no visible issues for Yediyurappa to undertake a yatra now. With BJP in power at the Centre and Karnataka, Yediyurappa’s claims that he will attack the Congress during the yatra was not convincing to his colleagues. His party bosses are not ready to either believe his claim that the tour was to strengthen the BJP at the grassroots to help it win the 2023 polls. BJP leaders are aware of Yediyurappa’s clout among Lingayats and community mutts. He had projected his son BY Vijayendra as his political heir. Party leaders are worried that Yediyurappa would try to use the yatra to build political stakes for Vijayendra and undermine Bommai. As it is, several aspiring leaders are yet to digest Amit Shah’s recent statement that the BJP would face the next assembly polls under Bommai's leadership.

Yediyurappa keeps BJP on tenterhooks
Veteran BJP leader BS Yediyurappa’s proposed tour of Karnataka has left the party’s top leaders worried. Party leaders are concerned that he could embarrass BJP with his utterances during the yatra, insiders said.The 78-year old Lingayat strongman has accepted the party suggestion to take state president Nalinkumar Kateel along for the yatra, but BJP leaders are still nervousness, according to party insiders. Yediyurappa stepped down as chief minister on July 26 and is believed to be sulking as the has not assigned him any organisational responsibilities. He had planned to undertake the tour soon after Independence Day but deferred to the party requests to do it after Vinakaya Chaturthi festivities. The plans have once again been postponed till the end of the legislature session.Yediyurappa’s track record is too recent to forget easily. In 2013, the Congress was a beneficiary after he broke away from BJP to form his own political outfit. His party won only a few seats but destroyed BJP’s prospects in many assembly seats.Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai has been in the saddle for just about six weeks and there are no visible issues for Yediyurappa to undertake a yatra now. With BJP in power at the Centre and Karnataka, Yediyurappa’s claims that he will attack the Congress during the yatra was not convincing to his colleagues. His party bosses are not ready to either believe his claim that the tour was to strengthen the BJP at the grassroots to help it win the 2023 polls. BJP leaders are aware of Yediyurappa’s clout among Lingayats and community mutts. He had projected his son BY Vijayendra as his political heir. Party leaders are worried that Yediyurappa would try to use the yatra to build political stakes for Vijayendra and undermine Bommai. As it is, several aspiring leaders are yet to digest Amit Shah’s recent statement that the BJP would face the next assembly polls under Bommai's leadership.