Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa,who quit last August following corruption cases against him,has embarked on a fresh attempt to prove his relevance to the state BJP.
Ahead of BJP president Nitin Gadkaris visit to Bangalore for a Chinthan Baitak,Yeddyurappa on Thursday organised a luncheon for BJP MLAs in an attempt to show that people in the party are still backing him.
The aim of the meeting,according to sources in the Yeddyurappa camp,was to convince MLAs to press the case before Gadkari to give Yeddyurappa an important position in the party with the CMs chair being the highest achievable target. The move comes even as attempts were being made by Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and BJP state chief K S Eshwarappa to broadbase the BJP from a Lingayats-only focus and to gradually sideline the former chief minister.
As many as 50 of the 120 BJP legislators turned up for the meeting but they also included Gowda who paid a courtesy visit and Eshwarappa who attended the full meeting and managed to dilute its anti-CM intent. We discussed the current political situation… and on strengthening the party organisation, he said.
Sources in the BSY camp claimed the main reason the meeting was convened was because a large number of MLAs are concerned that Gowda is increasingly listening to JDS leader H D Deve Gowda instead of BJP leaders. Former archrival Jagadish Shettar,the rural development minister whom Yeddyurappa is offering the carrot of the chief ministers post in the event of Gowda stepping down,was also present.
Lokayukta summons Yeddyurappa,kin
The Lokayukta Court issued summons for March 16 to former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa,his two sons,B Y Raghavendra and B Y Vijayendra,son-in-law Sohan Kumar and three others in an illegal land de-notification case on Thursday. PTI