Bengaluru, Sept 23: The BJP's Karnataka chief, B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday made a hurried statement congratulating Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for deciding to defer following the Supreme Court order on releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
The statement by the BJP strongman who is also the former Chief Minister of Karnataka looked like a desperate one considering his party skipped the all party meeting on an issue that is extremely emotive in the state of Karnataka.
In media circles, the talk was that the BJP had missed its chance on making a grand statement on this issue. However, the fact is that the BJP completely misread the situation and did not expect Siddaramaiah to take such a decision.
The official line that the BJP had given was that the last time the Congress did not listen to us and hence there was no point in attending the all party meeting.
To add to all this there are some Yeddyurappa loyalists who have already started saying that there appears to be a conspiracy against him by his own leaders in Delhi. The loyalists wonder why the Prime Minister had not given an appointment to Siddaramaiah over this issue especially when Karnataka is a state where the BJP can form a government.
Yeddyurappa and his loyalists felt that had the PM intervened the BJP could have taken credit for the same.
Some of his loyalists say that there are some leaders in the centre who did this deliberately to ensue that Yeddyurappa does not return to power in Karnataka.
They say that there is an attempt to finish his political career by using the Cauvery issue against him.
Yeddyurappa's loyalists are miffed with the manner in which the Centre has handled this situation. His loyalists say that the BJP lead government should have taken more interest in this subject.
It is such an emotive issue and could have helped the BJP strengthen its base in the Cauvery basin. After all Karnataka was the first southern state to vote the BJP into power.
BJP feels that they are in a good position in the next elections. Today many within the BJP are worried and in hush-hush tones say that the Cauvery decision on Siddaramaiah was a master stroke.
The BJP also suspects that the Congress and the JD(S) which came together on this issue is a signal that they would look to form the government next time.
BJP today would make all efforts to reverse the image when the legislative assembly session takes place on Friday. Its leaders would be there in full strength and attempt to make a strong statement on the Cauvery issue. For the BJP the immediate goal would be to reverse its image that took a beating for skipping the all party meet on Cauvery.