A battle has exploded in Karnataka’s ruling BJP with a number of leaders hitting out at Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa over a cupboard enlargement seen to favour his camp closely.
Dealing with public assaults from his occasion males, Mr Yediyurappa challenged them to take up their criticism with the occasion management.
“If the BJP MLAs have any objection they will go to Delhi, meet our nationwide leaders and provides all of them the data and complaints they’ve. I will not object to that however I ask them to not injury the occasion’s fame by speaking in poor health,” the Chief Minister informed reporters in Bengaluru.
He added that central BJP leaders would take a name on their complaints.
Some BJP leaders overtly accused the Chief Minister of together with in his 17-month-old cupboard solely those that had “blackmailed” him or have been in his internal circle.
“Yediyurappa solely thought-about and appointed those that blackmailed him with a CD and paid large cash to him. Two are been made ministers and one individual has been made political secretary in spite of everything three used the CD to blackmail him,” mentioned senior BJP chief Basanagouda R Patil.
“Loyalty, caste, seniority, area wasn’t thought-about, all that was thought-about was CD and blackmail. Yediyurappa fully ignored occasion loyal staff like us and people who blackmailed him, made a CD and deliberate to carry down his authorities have been made ministers,” he raged.
Mr Patil is amongst some dozen BJP leaders who’re livid at being handed over for a cupboard spot and usually are not holding again.
Different dissenters are H Vishwanath, MP Kumaraswamy, Satish Reddy, Shivanagowda Nayak, Thippareddy and even Mr Yediyurappa’s shut aide, MP Renukacharya.
Yesterday, seven new ministers joined the Yediyurappa cupboard – MTB Nagaraj, Umesh Katti, Aravind Limbavali, Murugesh Nirani, R Shankar, CP Yogeshwar and Angara S.
At the least three of them – Umesh Katti, Arvind Limbavali and Murugesh Nirani – are seen as Yediyurappa loyalists.
MTB Nagaraj and CP Yogeshwar are defectors from the Congress and R Shankar was an unbiased who was made a minister within the Congress-JDS coalition authorities simply earlier than it fell final yr.
The cupboard adjustments, the third since Mr Yediyurappa took cost after the collapse of the Congress-JDS authorities following the revolt of 17 MLAs, befell after the Chief Minister met with House Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Sunday.
Congress chief DK Sivakumar took a pointy dig on the infighting throughout the BJP and referred to as for an investigation into the allegations of blackmail.
“BJP now could be ‘Blackmailers Janata Occasion’. BJP’s personal MLAs and leaders are accusing CM Yediyurappa of being bribed and blackmailed throughout Cupboard enlargement. These statements by BJP leaders have to be probed by a sitting HC (Excessive Court docket) Decide and enforcement businesses like ED (Enforcement Directorate) should suo-motu register a case,” Mr Sivakumar tweeted.
The BJP’s Karnataka unit insisted that regardless of the heartburn, all is nicely. “Disappointment is pure. It might be real in instances. It did take a very long time… however there isn’t a actual drawback for BJP,” mentioned state minister Suresh Kumar.
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