Factional feud intensifies in BJP Karnataka unit
The factional feud in Karnataka's BJP intensified today with senior leader K S Eshwarappa holding a convention to "save" the party in defiance of its state president B S Yeddyurappa's warning against it.
Setting the stage for confrontation, the party's 'disgruntled' leaders met under the leadership of Eshwarappa, who openly attacked Yeddyurappa over his "unilateral" style of functioning, saying the "dictatorial attitude" won't work.
Terming the convention an "anti-party activity," Yeddyurappa, while talking to reporters, blamed National Joint General Secretary (Organisation) B L Santhosh, perceived to hold significant sway over the party affairs in the state, for scripting it.
Resentment has been brewing within the party over Yeddyurappa's "unilateral" style of functioning after the appointment of party office-bearers, "ignoring" the loyal workers and the old guard of the party.
The fissures within the Karnataka unit have cropped up as a matter of concern among the central leadership which is hoping for the revival of the party's fortunes in the assembly polls early next year to see BJP's return to power.
Forming the first-ever government in the South, the BJP had ruled the state from 2008 to 2013 which had seen three chief ministers taking over the the reign one after another amid the factional wars and corruption charges leading to the Congress return to power.
"...our seniors have taught us that a person is not important. Nation first, party next and the person last. With this motto we have gathered here to move forward," Eshwarappa said addressing the convention.
He said "when Amith Shah declared Yeddyurappa as the party president and the next chief minister, we were happy, but if you (Yeddyurappa) act as you want, we can't sit quite."