After waiting for days hoping for the BJP high command to reinstate him in a position of power in Karnataka,former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday announced plans for a tour of the northern districts over the next week in what is widely seen as an attempt to assess his standing in his Lingayat strongholds.
Two weeks ago,Yeddyurappa held the BJP high command to ransom by whisking away 62 of the 120 legislators in a bid to get himself reinstated as the CM,only to be mollified by senior leaders.
Yeddyurappa has called his planned tour of the northern districts an attempt to check on the problems of the people in the region and to report to Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on the measures to be taken. The tour is also being seen as a possible testing of waters for Yeddyurappa and the BJPs popular standing in a region that was largely responsible for the BJPs victory in 2008.
I cannot be sitting idle … I have always lived a life of political activism and decided to travel through the northern districts, Yeddyurappa said at a hurriedly convened press conference. I will discuss the ground realities with local legislators. I will bring the reality of the situation in the villages to the notice of the CM, he claimed.
I am doing this to show that I am working for the party. I am sure this kind of exercise will help us to win more than 140 seats in the Assembly elections and 22 to 25 of the 28 parliamentary seats, he claimed.