Bengaluru/New Delhi, July 4: "I do not have much interest in ironing out differences in the Karnataka BJP," said B L Santosh to OneIndia.
His statement to this news portal assumes larger significance in the backdrop of senior BJP leader K S Eshwarappa visiting BJP, deputy general secretary (organisation) B L Santosh and general secretary Ram Lal at party headquarters in New Delhi.
It has to be recalled that K S Eshwarappa slapped objection for style of functioning of incumbent state BJP President B S Yeddyurappa (BSY). Eshwarappa earlier said appointment of new office-bearers to the party has been done without due consultation. BSY has taken unilateral decision in these appointments, Eshwarappa contended.
B L Santosh said, "Eshwarappa has apprised of the fresh development to me and Ram Lal. But I have left it to Ram Lal to take a call on Eshwarappa's plaint." However on the other hand, on Sunday BSY has formed a five member disciplinary committee to look into 'inside revolt' in the state BJP.
When asked Santosh, will this committee leave hurting impact to the party as members are reportedly loyalists of BSY, he contended that, formation of committee has nothing to do with the internal bickering. After one assumes as president of the party, it is standard procedure to constitute disciplinary committee, Santosh added.
For a question on Eshwarappa's plaint and acting upon the same, Santosh expressed "I do not have much interest in ironing out differences in the Karnataka BJP." It is up to Ram Lal to take decisions in this fresh controversy. "Though I have national responsibility, I also focus on other Karnataka issues, hence I have left this to Ram Lal and I will play no role in any decisions related to infighting," Santosh categorically stated.