Senior BJP leader and former Karnataka chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Friday admitted that the BJP is banking on the return of former chief minister and Lingayat leader B S Yeddyurappa to deliver a good performance in the Lok Sabha polls next year.
Gowda said the party high command had indicated to a delegation of senior leaders,including H N Ananth Kumar,state president Prahlad Joshi and K S Eshwarappa,that a decision on Yeddyurappas return to the BJP will be taken within a week.
Gowda said the BJP had suffered losses and was relegated to the third position in the May Assembly elections in the state because of Yeddyurappas exit from the party. This,despite it being the ruling party at the time of the polls. He said the return of Yeddyurappa,who has floated his own outfit,the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP),is crucial to the fortunes of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.
The partys national leadership,which has been deliberating on bringing Yeddyurappa back into the BJP fold,is expected to invite the former CM on Sunday,after results of the Assembly elections,which were held in five states,are announced. The Yeddyurappa camp has indicated that it is waiting for a call from the BJP. We have not set conditions to rejoin the BJP. We are only waiting for a call, an aide of the former CM said.
The camp has indicated its willingness to rejoin the BJP ever since Narendra Modi was designated as the partys prime ministerial candidate.
Earlier,a three-member team of legislators from the Karnataka BJP,who are considered close to Yeddyurappa,had held discussions with Modi in Ahmedabad on September 2,asking him to expedite the return of Yeddyurappa to the BJP fold. Gowda was part of this team.
Incidentally,the KJP is scheduled to hold a meeting of its top leaders on December 9.
Yeddyurappa quit the BJP in December 2012 after the party forced him to quit as chief minister in 2011 in the light of corruption charges in a report of the Karnataka Lokayukta on illegal mining. Yeddyurappa and his two sons are currently facing prosecution by the CBI.