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BJP burning midnight oil chalking out plan to bring back Yeddyurappa

With Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s anointment as the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, efforts to bring former BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa back into the party have intensified. Sources say that a decision on Yeddyurappa could be taken by end of this week and, in fact, Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) leader Lehar Singh is in the national capital to hold talks with senior BJP leaders.

Yeddyurappa, the former chief minister of Karnataka, had expressed his keenness to re-join the BJP again after the formal declaration of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s PM candidate. The KJP sent an open letter to Modi to congratulate him on his elevation. The KJP senior leader and Yeddyurappa’s close aide V Dhananjay Kumar wrote the letter and stated that Modi would set things right in the BJP in Karnataka.

‘You are aware that on account of adverse political developments in Karnataka, former CM had to part ways with the BJP,’ wrote Kumar in the letter.

Yeddyurappa’s KJP has also called its working committee meet on Thursday. The former CM has said his party would decide on either joining the BJP or being a part of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the 2014 general elections. Yeddyurappa left the BJP to form KJP last year before the assembly elections. A section of the BJP is against Yeddyurappa’s return to the BJP as he is facing corruption charges.

The ex-CM of Karnataka has deputed MLC Lehar Singh to visit Delhi and meet senior BJP leaders. Singh met BJP leader Arun Jaitley and has also sought an appointment with Advani, who was firmly opposed to Yeddyurappa’s continuance in office after he was found guilty by the Lokayukta. Singh will also be meeting BJP chief Rajnath Singh.

‘If there is no consensus in the BJP central unit and among the BJP leaders in Karnataka on the issue, then Yeddyurappa is not willing to join. He has no immediate stakes as he is not going to become chief minister anytime soon. BJP will gain more as the Lok Sabha polls are near,’ the KJP leader said.

KJP sources said Modi has already hinted that there will be a reshuffle in the state BJP and Yeddyurappa will be made the leader of principal opposition party after the merger.
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