Karnataka BJP infighting gains steam; BSY at the helm

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Bangalore, May 10: Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa surely does not believe in taking things easy and hit back at his successor to the CM’s chair with recharged vigour by launching a signature campaign against CM Sadananda Gowda with the support of those legislators supporting him. The campaign kicked off late Wednesday.

The issue fired up when CM Gowda and state BJP chief KS Eshwarappa purportedly wrote a letter to BJP President Nitin Gadkari citing "anti-party activities" of Yeddyurappa and his supporters. In this letter dated Mar 26 that has already found a way among media circles, Gowda has named certain ministers loyal to Yeddyurappa behind such activities. He also suggested that their continuance in the ministry was harmful to the party.

Taking offence on the letter, 20 of the party’s 120 legislators, including few ministers, commented to the media that they have written to Gowda on the issue and has asked for an urgent meeting of the party's legislature wing in order to further discuss the issues raised by Gowda and Eshwarappa in the letter.

Gowda, on the other hand, said that he had not received any letter seeking a meeting of the legislature wing. The spokesperson for the Karnataka CM said, “The Chief Minister has not received any letter from the legislators. If he gets it, he may react tomorrow (Thursday).”

Yeddyurappa is very much legally embroiled over the mining charges that forced him to relinquish the CMs post. The matter is currently in the Supreme Court and it remains to be seen if the court will order a CBI probe into the matter that was first exposed by the Lokayukta led by Santosh Hegde.

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