<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Dear all, I am now officially on twitter.</p>— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) <a href="https://twitter.com/BSYBJP/statuses/435013842389573633">February 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Yeddyurappa's Twitter followers crossed 1,600 within 18 hours of his joining the network. Yeddyurappa became the first BJP chief minister in a South Indian state in 2008 after his party did well in the Karnataka assembly election that year. However, his stay in office wasn't a smooth affair, thanks to corruption charges against him and he was forced to quit the post and following a serious fallout with the top leadership, quit the party to join the Karnataka Janatha Paksh in 2012.
BSY's followers crossed 1,600 in less than a day after he joined Twitter
However, after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, close to Yeddyurappa became the party's prime ministerial candidate eclipsing veteran leader LK Advani, the latter's way for returning to the BJP became clear. The BJP sought to bring him back for Yeddyurappa is a strong Lingayat leader and his absence had put the party's Lingayat votebank in jeopardy. The party was also thrown out of power in Karnataka in 2013. Incidentally, Yeddyurappa is yet to follow Advani on the micro-blogging site.