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BJP’s Karnataka in-charge in Bengaluru amid leadership tussle | India News

NEW DELHI: With a section of the ruling BJP in Karnataka pushing for replacing chief minister B S Yeddiyurappa (BSY), the party’s national general secretary in-charge of the state Arun Singh landed in Bengaluru on Wednesday to sort out internal feuds in the party and straighten out issues that are hurting its government, especially at a time when the pandemic situation needs tending to.
Indicating that the BSY-led government is likely to continue, Singh said the party’s state unit was united and the government was doing a good job under chief minister B S Yediyurappa’s leadership. “All our party workers, ministers and legislators are united, there are no differences of any kind,” he replied to questions from the media.
On his part, BJP’s Lingayat community leader Yeddiyurappa is learnt to have told his close confidants in the party, that he would “happily stand by his word about quitting his post, if the central leadership (read Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah) asked him to do so.” But the Modi-Shah leadership at the centre have left it to the state unit to resolve the issue. The chief minister had made a public statement on the same lines in Bengaluru soon after he held a meeting with his loyalists about a couple weeks back.
However, along with dissidents who are looking at opportunity coming their way if BSY were to step down, even senior party leaders who are seen as “BSY loyalists” like home minister Basavraj Bommai and revenue minister R Ashok have told the chief minister that three names – C T Ravi, Murugesh Nirani and Ashwath Narayan – have been forwarded to home minister Amit Shah as probable replacements.
According to party insiders, both Bommai and Ashok may be playing to throw in their own hats into the ring as replacements if BSY were to step down, with the CM’s backing. Bommai is Lingayat like BSY and Ashok is from the Vokkaliga community. BJP’s biggest support base in Karnataka is the Lingayat community.
Singh, who had recently ruled out replacing the chief minister, on Wednesday asked BJP legislators not to make any media statements and speak to the leadership individually if they have any concerns.
As part of his three-day visit, Singh will be meeting with all the ministers and hold one-on-one interactions over the next two days with party’s legislators who want to meet him before taking part in a state BJP core committee meeting on Friday, according to party sources.
Trouble with the dissident group in the state has also been that too many names have come up as aspirants for the chief minister’s chair, which could also create fresh internal rifts if the central BJP leadership were to go for replacing BSY.
Among Lingayat leaders, names of Laxman Savadi (deputy CM), Murgesh Nirani (BSY cabinet minister), Basangouda Yatnal (MLA), Bommai have been thrown up. Among the others are C N Ashwath Narayan (deputy CM, Vokkaliga community), Prahlad Joshi, (Union minister, brahmin), Eshwarappa (BSY cabinet minister, Kuruba community), Govind Karjol, (deputy CM, Dalit), Sunil Kumar, Idiga (OBC).

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