Lack of a credible alternative that can manage both caste and political equations in Karnataka, seems to be working in favor of BS Yediyurappa as a fact-finding mission sent in by the BJP high command wraps up its discussions with various pressure groups in the party.
“There are 15 aspirants for the CM’s post”, says a party leader in Bengaluru who does not want to be quoted.
“But the larger problem is that everyone wants to be the Chief Minister. And no one is willing to support any other candidate other than his own self,” the leader added.
BJP National Secretary Arun Singh has been meeting MLAs and MPs in Bengaluru for the last three days to elicit views on demands of leadership change being voiced by a section of the party leaders.
Some MLA’s have also accused the incumbent chief minister of promoting nepotism in the party. Party MLC H Vishwanath after meeting Arun Singh claimed that “no minister is happy with the BS Yediyurappa government because of his family’s interference. His son interferes too much in every department.”
“But similar allegations of nepotism have also been levelled against some of the other contenders for the CM’s post. So, what is the difference,” says a leader from the BSY camp.
Late Thursday night, Yediyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra called on Arun Singh at a guest house in Bengaluru in what is being seen as an attempt by the BSY faction to clear the air on allegations by detractors.
This is not the first time BSY’s style of functioning has come under the scanner. The chief minister has been embroiled in allegations of nepotism and corruption during his previous tenures as well.
“The real factors which will decide whether BSY fate are very different. It all boils down to whether BJP in Karnataka would want to contest the next assembly elections in 2023 under Yediyurappa’s leadership,” said another leader from Karnataka who is also well-entrenched in Delhi.
“The chief minister however will concede to high command’s final decision on the issue. That he has made very clear in the past,” the leader adds.
The final call on the festering leadership issues in Karnataka may finally be taken closer to the much talked about cabinet expansion at the center which may happen before the next session in of parliament in July.