Yediyurappa is quickly losing the support of loyal MPs, will he finally be replaced?
BJP MPs who were loyal to Yediyurappa are now backing his ousting, upset by his ‘sonstroke’ syndrome.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will complete two years in office, but whether he will remain in office has been the subject of debate in political circles as much of BJP lawmakers, upset with his style operation, want it replaced as a course correction before Karnataka. goes to the assembly polls in 2023. And this time, those seeking to overthrow him are confident that the central leadership of the BJP will listen to them and consider their demand.
The main reason, according to BJP insiders, is anti-outgoing, as the majority of party MPs believe that Yediyurappa has lost the prowess of a warhorse to lead the assembly elections scheduled for 2023. “ The CM lost support. from his own community, the Lingayats following accusations of corruption, incompetence on the part of his ministers, blackmail tactics on CD and allegations against his son, the vice president of the state BJP BY Vijayendra interference in the administration, âa party official told TNM. “ Yediyurappa had been the face of the Lingayats all these years and with their support the party increased its number in the Legislature from one to three digits, but it has lost steam now through its mode of self-destruction, ” he added. .
Central management was supposed to consider a guard change earlier this year, according to a BJP leader, but the second wave of the pandemic has delayed the process. “ Currently, the priorities of the BJP high command are a reshuffle of the Union Cabinet and the Uttar Pradesh Ministry. Once the two exercises are over, the leaders will look at Karnataka because there has to be an overhaul of the party if it is to return to power in 2023, ” the leader said.
Talks have already started between BJP MPs to convince the high command of the reasons why a leadership change is needed. BJP MPs Uday B Garudachar, K Poornima, Arvind Bellad, Basannagouda Patil Yatnal, Satish Reddy, GH Thippa Reddy and Masala Jayaram, among others, are at the forefront in seeking change. Some of them have already met BJP leaders in New Delhi and are waiting to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Interior Minister Amit Shah and party leader JP Nadda.
Meanwhile, Bellad, K Sunil Kumar and Pradeep Shettar (parents of Minister Jagdish Shettar) are mobilizing a signing campaign from MPs pushing for the legislature party to meet early with three central observers present.
Why the change request?
Yediyurappa’s blind affection for his family, which made him challenge the BJP high command’s directive to remove those close to power, is likely to be the cause of his likely exit. With age catching up, the 78-year-old chief minister considers Vijayendra his alleged heir and is said to have given the latter the freedom to run the administration. In March, senior minister KS Eshwarappa petitioned Governor Vajubhai R Vala accusing Yediyurappa of favoring his relatives and recently another minister CP Yogeeshwar launched a veiled attack on him saying, “ He (the minister) will not approve not his son’s interference in the ministry. . ”
In addition, the first six months of Yediyurappa’s tenure in 2019 were spent dealing with flooding and by-elections caused by returning lawmakers. Since the start of 2020, the government has faced criticism for its mismanagement in relief for those affected by natural disasters, outcry from various communities over the issue of reserves, the policy of blackmailing CDs and the several turns. that it took to handle the pandemic.
Party sources said fears of a backlash from the Lingayat community if Yediyurappa were to be replaced has diminished as the huge participation of Panchamasali Lingayat in the Bengaluru rally demanding an increase in the reservation quota was an indicator of its grip on them. In the 2013 Assembly elections, Yediyurappa’s new team, Karnataka Janata Paksha, dented the BJP’s prospects and Congress won in 23 constituencies due to split votes.
Who can replace Yediyurappa?
The failure to find an acceptable leader to replace Yediyurappa had led the BJP high command to give him the only exception to the 75-year cap standard. But over the past decade the party has taken the risk of picking surprise candidates for the post of chief minister.
It started with the former Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parikkar, former CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadanavis and Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh. With Modi and Shah at the helm, the tendency to summon CMs and get them to resign has also started and Uttarakhand is the latest example. Those seeking Yediyurappa’s exit do not have an alternative leader as a likely replacement. “ It will be the call from the high command and all we want is a quick decision, ” a party lawmaker said.
The names of some deputies and also of a Union minister are all around. It is learned that Yediyurappa, who is aware of the dissent against him, is not likely to suggest names as he wants Vijayendra to get into politics. The names of Ministers Basavaraj Bommai, Murugesh Nirani and Jagadish Shettar are bandaged once there is a vacant post.
Regarding caste dynamics among the Lingayats, Bommai is happy to have brought Yediyurappa back to the party in 2014, while Nirani’s relationship with Shah is rated as good. The latter visited Nirani constituency for a private function in January, followed by three meetings in New Delhi where Shah is said to have said to him: “Aap ka future achcha hai.” (Your future is good). “If the party is looking for a Fadanavi or a Parikkar in Karnataka, Bellad may be the dark horse, according to sources.
With BJP having made inroads into other communities, contenders among the Vokkaligas include Ministers R Ashoka, CN Ashwath Narayan and National Secretary General CT Ravi.
A political analyst summing up Yediyurappa’s situation said: “ Yediyurappa’s conundrum is that after gaining power with a lot of struggle, he lost it on his own. He was CM for a week in 2007, for three and a half years in 2008 and for three days in 2018. ”