Bengaluru: They may seem united from outside but there are strong undercurrents in the ruling BJP against new Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa which is why a section of leaders, who are not keen on the veteran leader completing his tenure, stopped JD(S) moves to extend outside support to his government.
Sources close to former CM H.D. Kumaraswamy told Deccan Chronicle that BJP National President Amit Shah had a direct talk with Mr Kumaraswamy and had even sought outside support of the JD(S) since he (Shah) did not have much faith in the 13 disqualified rebel Congress MLAs who have been staunch followers of former CM Siddaramaiah.
Even JD(S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda had reportedly agreed to extend outside support which was why a section of JD(S) lawmakers had hinted at extending support to the Yediyurappa government.
However, a group of BJP leaders, who do not want Mr Yediyurappa to continue as CM till 2023, threw a spanner in the works saying the party does not need the outside support of JD(S). This upset Kumaraswamy who on Saturday tweeted ruling out outside support to the BJP.
There are leaders in the BJP who want the 'unpredictable' rebels to be the part of the government and maybe destabilise it. "It will not be surprising if Yediyurappa becomes a scapegoat once again," sources said.