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BJP central leadership likely to clear BSY’s return soon

Written by Ravish Tiwari | Newdelhi | Posted: December 29, 2013 1:39 am

With Karnataka state unit of the BJP united for the move,the central leadership of the BJP appears all set to green flag former CM BS Yeddyurappa’s re-entry to the party in next few days,sources said.

The move is likely to be expedited in the wake of BJP patriarch L K Advani’s confidante and senior party leader Ananth Kumar’s appeal to estranged party leaders to return to the fold at the party’s state executive on Friday and state leadership’s briefing to the central leadership that the former CM has imposed no demands for a prominent position in party ranks after his return.

“Yeddyurappa is seeking no post like the leader of opposition in state assembly or the state presidentship. That he has indicated willingness to join the party without any conditions has been conveyed to the central leadership,” confided a senior state leader,expressing hope of his return at the earliest.

Senior leaders in the party,in this context,pointed out that the fact has been brought to the knowledge of party patriarch L K Advani,who is learnt to be having reservations against restoring Yeddyurappa’s prominence in the party. “Let’s be clear,Advani will not be kept in the dark on this issue,” said a senior party functionary in favour of Yeddyurappa’s re-entry into the party. Party sources,in this context,are deriving hope from Advani loyalist Ananth Kumar’s appeal to get old leaders back in the party as a signal of softening of stance from the party patriarch. The fact that B S Yeddyurappa met BJP president Rajnath Singh earlier this week has added momentum to the move,sources admitted.

There seems to be an urgency in the party to take him back into the party in the wake of upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The party suffered in the Karnataka assembly elections earlier this year with Yeddyurappa contesting elections with a separate platform of KJP that bagged about 10 per cent of votes.

“The issue is less about bringing Yeddyurappa back to the party fold. It is actually about consolidating party support base to regain our old strength,” reasoned a senior party functionary.

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