The delegation led by Prabhkar Kore, a senior leader of the party who is also a Rajya Sabha MP urged Shah to appoint the former CM of Karnataka, Yeddyurappa as the party chief in the state.
Yeddyurappa is important:
According to the delegation, the appointment of Yeddyurappa would be a major boost for the party in the state. Although there is no immediate election in sight, the BJP is still preparing the ground well in advance to snatch back power from the Congress in the state.
The elections in Karnataka are slated for 2018 and Kore and his team feel that Yeddyurappa is the only leader in the state capable of leading the BJP to an emphatic victory like he had done in 2009.
Kore informed that this issue would be raised during the deliberations regarding the strengthening of the party in the Southern States.
Yeddyurappa prefers to stay in Karnataka:
Sources close to the former CM who is now an MP say that he would prefer to stay in Karnataka instead of playing a bigger role in New Delhi. He is more comfortable here and is capable of delivering much more in the state, his close aides say.
Yeddyurappa himself had told Shah recently about his preference for Karnataka. He had asked Shah to hand over the responsibility of rebuilding the BJP in the state.
Even if the BJP decides to appoint Yeddyurappa, it would have to wait until 2016. Prahlad Joshi who is the current BJP chief of Karnataka would remain in the position until 2016 when his tenure ends.