Bengaluru, April 12: The BJP last week appointed former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa as the party president in the state.
While there is a lot of optimism in the BJP, Karnataka, the strongman of the party has two messages from the top leadership- take on the Congress party and ensure collective decisions are taken.
In the various deliberations that were held ahead of appointing Yeddyurappa as the President of the party, it was discussed that the opposition in the state was not able to take on the ruling party.
There have been a host of issues that had pushed the Congress to a corner, but the opposition in Karnataka has not been able to capitalise on any of these.
Be the opposition, take collective decisions:
The top leadership also discussed with Yeddyurappa the infighting within the party a few years back. The BJP does not want a repeat of this and wants the entire party to remain united. For the BJP to win the 2018 elections, only a strong leadership is not sufficient, but the need for unity is equally important.
The BJP wants Yeddyurappa to take all in the party into consideration before taking decisions. He is a senior leader and is capable of taking good decisions, but if the same is collective, then there will not be heart burn among the others in the party, a BJP leader informed OneIndia.
However, the bigger role that the party wants Yeddyurappa to play is that of a strong opposition to the ruling Congress. The BJP has been found wanting when it comes to raising issues against the ruling party in Karnataka. [Yeddyurappa demands Siddaramaiah to dismantle ACB]
Certain major issues have not been capitalised on, top leaders of the party say. In Yeddyurappa they would expect him to raise these issues strongly and convey it to the people during the tours he would conduct across the state.