Amid a growing factional feud in the BJP’s Karnataka unit, the party’s central leadership has sent general secretary Muralidhar Rao to help defuse the crisis that is playing out in the open.
Rao, the in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka, was sent to Bengaluru following former state president KS Eshwarappa holding a show of strength against sitting chief BS Yeddyurappa in a ‘Save BJP’ convention.
Both men exchanged sharp words, a fact that did not go down well with BJP’s party high command.
“This is a serious matter. We will find some solution,” a top BJP leader told Hindustan Times.
The BJP is on an election winning spree and is looking to recreate its 2008 victory where it came to power on its own in the “southern gateway”. Karnataka, which goes to polls next May, will be the party’s first big electoral challenge before Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, all BJP-ruled states.
“We promised Eshwarappa we would take care of his concerns, but he appears to have decided to take on BSY (Yeddyurappa) on his own,” a BJP leader involved with Karnataka affairs told HT earlier. “We will speak to both factions.”
Yeddyurappa is currently in Delhi to attend a function marking the birth anniversary of Basavanna, a 12th-century social reformer from the Lingayat community. The veteran BJP leader is a heavyweight from the Lingayat community, considered the most influential social group in Karnataka.
“BSY will also meet party’s sangathan mantri Ram Lal and brief him about the developments in Karnataka,” another party source said.