Karnataka Congress leaders are predicting that BJP will witness turmoil in the state once Lok Sabha results are out. Refuting BJP claims that Congress-JD(S) coalition is bound to collapse after the results, Congress leader Belur Gopalakrishna said that already stage is set to remove former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa as state party chief after the results.
It may be recalled that though Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are insisting that leaders who crossed 75 years should retire from `active politics’ and rednying them any role in the party or in the government. Several senior party leaders, including LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi, Shantha Kumar and Sumitra Mahajan were denied Lok Sabha seats on the age factor.
However, Yeddyurappa is the only leader enjoying special privilege, even he crossed 75 year’s age. After crossing that age limit only, he was declared as party’s chief ministerial candidate in last year’s assembly elections. After polls he not only became leader of the legislative party. He was chief minister for few days. After he was forced to resign due to his failure to muster necessary strength, he is continuing as leader of opposition.
He is the only BJP leader in the country, who is holding dual positions like state party chief and also leader of opposition. According to party sources, already Amit Shah has decided to relieve him from party position after poll results. Already, the party is in search of a new state president.
But, the very face is that BJP is lacking any leader with mass appeal, that Yeddyurappa is enjoying. He is also known as a `strong personality’, who refuse to compromise with other leaders, particularly who fails to be friendly with him.
While, Yeddyurappa has been making futile attempts since last one year to destabilise HD Kumaraswamy government by engineering defections from Congress MLAs, the political circles in the state are speculating the BJP’s fortunes under a new leadership in the state.