Badly mauled in the Assembly elections, with BS Yeddyurappa doing a significant damage to the party's prospects, the BJP in Karnataka says there is no proposal as of now for the return of the former party strongman to its fold.
However, if such a proposal about Yeddyurappa's return to BJP
is floated, the party's central leadership will deal with it, says state BJP president Prahlad Joshi.
"As of now there is no proposal," Joshi, whose party was unseated by the Congress, pushing the BJP to suffer the ignominy of sharing the second spot with JDS in terms of the seats won (40 in the 224-member assembly), said.
BJP was swept away by the anti-incumbency with Congress securing 121 seats to return to power without any clutches after seven years. Yeddyurappa's Karnataka Janatha Paksha (KJP) secured only six seats but with 10 per cent vote share, it ensured the decimation of BJP.
Yeddyurappa, who was forced to resign as chief minister following his indictment by Lokayukta in its report on illegal mining, quit the BJP last December and floated the KJP.
Asked if there were any chances that Yeddyurappa would return, as former chief ministers Kalyan Singh, Madan Lal Khurana and Uma Bharti had done in the past, Joshi said, "That is not my cup of tea, it is central leadership's. I can only say no such proposal is before the party for now."
Joshi admitted that Yeddyurappa's KJP and B Sriramulu's BSR Congress chipped away BJP's votes in no small measure.
"The trifurcation of traditional BJP votes have caused major damage to us," he added.
"Our leader (Yeddyurappa) then could not control infighting and immoral acts. The party had to face anti-incumbency because of a person (Yeddyurappa) who eventually left the party," Joshi added.
Moreover, the party failed to project the developmental work convincingly to the people, Joshi said, adding that it also failed to persuade the voter about Congress "misrule" at the Centre.
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