BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa has made a renewed bid to exert pressure on the party central leadership to get himself reinstated as CM after he was forced out of office in July over corruption charges.
On Thursday, a day ahead of BJP president Nitin Gadkari's visit to the state, Yeddyurappa hosted a lunch at his residence for party leaders including MLAs, MPs and MLCs, hoping to demonstrate his hold on the party. Around 70 of the 120 MLAs attended the luncheon.
Chief minister Sadananda Gowda, who was hand-picked by Yeddyurappa to succeed him, was seen in recent times of seeking to assert himself and coming out of Yeddyurappa’s shadow.
Meanwhile, Gowda downplayed the continued bickering within the BJP.
“I am confident that I will complete the remaining term until we face the next assembly election in 2014,” he told media persons in Mangalore where he was attending the Mangalore University Convocation. He also maintained that there was no groupism in the party.
With agency inputs