RSS takes stand; decides to isolate Yeddyurappa,back Shettar

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Bangalore, Jul 14: With the internal crisis in the state BJP government in Karnataka dying down following Jagadish Shettar's elevation as the new Chief Minister, the RSS seems to be finally waking up to the danger of Yeddyurappa's clout over the party's national leaders. It has been reported that the RSS will do all it can to avoid Yeddyurappa from his blackmailing ways.

As per reports, the RSS single-point agenda in the state is to prevent Yeddyurappa from holding the reins of power and leadership in the next assembly polls and also groom Shettar as the undisputed leader of the Lingayats.

In a bid to get across their view, the RSS slammed all the rebel BJP MLAs who did not make it to the Cabinet and resorted to protest. They were asked to give up their hard stance or get ready to face the consequences. 5 of the disgruntled MLAs belong to the Yeddyurappa camp with BSY assuring them of "justice".

A senior RSS leader from Karnataka has been quoted as saying, "We have had enough. We allowed Yeddyurappa to have his way by appointing a CM of his choice. Now that the Cabinet is full, there is no possibility of reconstituting it to accommodate Yeddyurappa's men. We want the BJP to focus on governance for the next 11 months to retain power in 2013."

The state RSS wing has been reportedly given instructions by their central leaders to take charge of the situation at a time when the BJP is fragmented due to factionalism. According to sources, a three-way step is planned - to gradually take control of the BJP by ignoring the rebels; to promote Shettar as the undisputed Lingayat leader and isolate Yeddyurappa for the next 11 months.

The source added, "All that the RSS leaders want is that Yeddyurappa should not be in a dominant and commanding position 11 months from now. Going forward, the political equations in Karnataka will change without fail. We have to be ready for any kind of eventuality. Then, we cannot be taking dictations from one leader."

There are also indications that Shettar too displayed his iron-will by not conceding to all of Yeddyurappa's demands and not saying a firm no to the ministers suggested by him. Another RSS leader in the state added, "Everybody knows that Yeddyurappa is tainted, but he has control over the party because many of the MLAs were fielded by him in the previous elections. If his stranglehold has to be broken, he has to be rendered politically weak over the next few months."

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