Karnataka BJP sacks leader for his open letter against Advani

Lehar Singh Siroya had questioned the senior leader’s position on corruption.

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: May 18, 2013 1:56 am

BJP member of the legislative council and treasurer in the Karnataka unit of the party Lehar Singh Siroya,who once issued glowing tributes to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in newspapers and who was former Karnataka chief minister and BJP rebel B S Yeddyurappa’s mediator,was on Friday suspended from the BJP in the light of his writing of an open letter criticising BJP veteran L K Advani with respect to his position on the Karnataka BJP’s loss in the recent election.

Siroya who functioned as a bridge between Yeddyurappa and BJP’s national leaders on account of Yeddyurappa’s lack of knowledge of Hindi had in an open letter questioned the position taken against corruption of party leaders like Yeddyurappa by Advani. Siroya in his letter alleged that Advani compromised on corruption whenever it suited him. The letter was written in the context of Advani’s criticism of the party leadership for failing to stem corruption in Karnataka at an early stage.

President of the Karnataka unit of the BJP Prahlad Joshi on Friday suspended Siroya from the party. The BJP has labeled Siroya’s allegations against Advani as “baseless’’.

Siroya,a businessman in Bangalore who was plucked out of anonymity by Yeddyurappa on account of his political acumen,in December 2012,following Yeddyurappa’s estrangement from the BJP over corruption issues,blamed the BJP party bosses for being responsible for Narendra Modi winning fewer than a targeted number of 150 seats in the Gujarat Assembly polls.

In the past following election successes for the BJP in Gujarat,Siroya in public displays of his support for Narendra Modi has issued large advertisements praising the Gujarat Chief Minister.

After Modi won the December Assembly polls in Gujarat,Siroya issued an advertisement saying,“Jeeta hai Gujarat,ab jeetega Bharat” with multi-coloured pictures of Narendra Modi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Though his mentor Yeddyurappa quit the BJP in December 2012 to create his own Karnataka Janata Party — which damaged the BJP’s fortunes in a sizable way in the recent Assembly polls in the state — Siroya had stayed on in the BJP and had frequently expressed hope that Yeddyurappa would return to the BJP fold sooner or later.

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