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BS Yeddyurappa-rivals face off likely in today’s BJP meet

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | B ARAVINDA SHETTY
Published Aug 16, 2016, 6:40 am IST
Updated Aug 16, 2016, 7:30 am IST
The majority of core committee members have opposed recent decisions of Mr Yeddyurappa and openly expressed their displeasure against him.
B.S. Yeddyurappa, State BJP president
 B.S. Yeddyurappa, State BJP president

Bengaluru: With the reconstituted BJP core committee set to meet on Tuesday, opponents of BJP state president B. S. Yeddyurappa are getting ready for a face-off with him on his ‘unilateral decisions’ pertaining to party matters.

The majority of core committee members have opposed recent decisions of Mr Yeddyurappa and openly expressed their displeasure against him for not convening a committee meeting before taking important decisions.

 

Four members have been included in the core committee which earlier had a strength was nine.  The newly constituted committee has BJP state president B.S.Yeddyurappa, Union Ministers, Ananth Kumar, D.V. Sadananda Gowda, former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, former deputy chief ministers, K.S.Eshwarappa, R. Ashok, former BJP President Pralhad Joshi, MP, Nalin Kumar Kateel, C.T. Ravi, Aravind Limbavali, Govind Karjol, Santhosh  and party organizing secretary Arun Kumar as members.

After Mr Yeddyurappa become the state president, two groups have emerged in the state BJP. Even after his elevation as National Joint Secretary, Mr Santhosh is still calling the shots in the state BJP. Sources close to Yeddyurappa told this newspaper that Mr Santhosh is backing the rebel group headed by Eshwarappa.

 

Without the support of Santhosh, Eshwarappa and C.T. Ravi would not be able to engage in open dissidence against Yeddyurappa, sources said.  At the core committee meeting, Mr Eshwarappa is likely to demand a change in the newly appointed office bearers at the district and state level. If Yeddyurappa refuses to budge and change the office bearers’ list, this group likely to continue with its dissidence in future.

Other members like Sadananda Gowda, Jagadish Shettar, Pralhad Joshi, Ananth Kumar and Ashok too are expected to question the party president for not consulting the core committee before appointing state and district office bearers.

 

BBMP mayoral polls:  The core committee is likely to take a call on whether to grab the reins of power in BBMP with the support of JD(S). BJP city leaders including Union Minister Ananth Kumar are keen on getting control of BBMP.

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