BSY backs off from flaunting his strength

In a last-ditch bid to become chief minister again, Yeddyurappa will meet Gadkari

Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who tried all tricks over the last six months to get back the chief ministership, is banking on a last throw of dice, a meeting with party national president Nitin Gadkari, before deciding on his future course.

Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa addresses media,  after his arrival from Kashi, in Bangalore on Monday.

On his return from Varanasi to Bangalore on Monday, Yeddyurappa told reporters that he would meet Gadkari when the BJP national president would be in Bangalore on February 24 and 25 to attend the party’s ‘chintana-manthana baithak’ (brainstorming meeting).

During the two days, Yeddyurappa will hold talks with Gadkari on the political developments in the State.

While sources close to Yeddyurappa say he was weighing his options of remaining in the party or parting ways with it, the former chief minister gave no indication to that effect.
He said there was need for political stability in the State and he would work towards strengthening the roots of the party across Karnataka.

Yeddyurappa also claimed that he had never stated that he would stage a show of strength by organising a convention of his supporters, to intimidate Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.

No birthday bash

Although Yeddyurappa is restless as none of his plans for a comeback have materialised, he has asked his followers to give up plans for his 68th birthday bash on February 27 at the Palace Grounds in Bangalore. The birthday celebration was to include a grand lunch for his supporters, and was to be his show of strength..

But, with the national leadership disapproving the show, Yeddyurappa is having second thoughts.

It is said that he would go ahead with the birthday bash, if only he gets the permission from Gadkari, failing which it would be a low-key celebration at his residence.  

DVS’ proximity to JD(S)

Sources said Yeddyurappa is irked by reported proximity of the chief minister with JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda and his sons.

During his talks with Gadkari, Yeddyurappa is likely to raise reports of the chief minister having appointed Justice Chandrashekaraiah as Upa Lokayukta at the behest of Deve Gowda, and tell Gadkari that the party would be weakened if it hobnobbed with the JD(S).

The former chief minister is not likely to give up his efforts to oust Sadananda Gowda and reclaim the chair of the chief minister, or at least try to ensure that Gowda is succeded by a Yeddyurappa loyalist.

Isolated

However, Yeddyurappa is getting isolated within the party, and also his community.
In a major blow to him, the Veerashiva Panchamasali Sangha of Belgaum took serious exception to Yeddyurappa’s direction to Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda not to attend its conference in Gokak on Saturday.

The Sangha hailed Gowda for his social graces, while attacking the ‘grim faced’ Yeddyurappa.

The second blow to the former chief minister came on Shivaratri day when he was kept out of the foundation-laying ceremony for installing the Rs 12-crore Shivalinga statue in Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur.

For Yeddyurappa, this was humiliation difficult to swallow, since he was a regular fixture at all functions of the mutt during his chief ministership. Rubbing salt into his wounds, Sadananda Gowda, State party president K S Eshwarappa and Medical Education minister S A Ramdas were among the invitees.

Licking his wounds, the former chief minister tried to draw solace by visiting a Vaishnavite shrine in north, Varanasi, with his staunch supporters Shobha Karandlaje, V Somanna and Suresh Angadi in tow.

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