Modi, highly regarded as the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate also grabbed considerable media space after he also decided to attend the executive meet at the last minute. The question now arising is whether a popular leader like Modi needs the endorsement of someone like Yeddyurappa who has a slew of scams in his name. On the other hand, there are more chances that Yeddyurappa’s backing could cause a dent on Modi’s image in the long run.
With the legal issues that Yeddyurappa is so badly entangled in and with the BJP top leadership not giving him a shoulder to cry on, Yeddyurappa more or less have to fend for himself. In case, Modi decides to support Yeddyurappa, it will be more of a blessing for the scam-tainted former CM, and not necessarily the other way round.
Sending feelers of this nature, Yeddyurappa has been quoted as saying, “The national executive should deliberate on the issues rocking Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan and promote Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate.”
Further on Modi’s rising popularity, Yeddyurappa commented, “According to a survey, Modi is the most popular leader of the country and the party must think on these lines and take decisions. Modi is popular because he has done great work in Gujarat and made the state number one in the country."
Yeddyurappa also made a song and dance about the Modi-drama and wanted to create a scenario where he wanted to showcase himself and Modi as two popular, mass leaders who were not getting due prominence within the party. But finally when Modi had his way by arm-twisting Gadkari and party to sack vocal Modi-critic Sanjay Joshi out of the national executive, he decided to make an appearance in the executive meet. Yeddyurappa was soon to follow by citing that he was happy for “Gadkari-ji” who was elected for the second term as the BJP President and that he had to personally go to the meet to congratulate him.