By Cartoonist Avinash
BENGALURU: State BJP leaders are pinning their hopes on the success of party national president Amit Shah’s meeting on Friday with BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa and senior leader K S Eshwarappa as part of his efforts to end the rift between the two leaders.
“Shah is expected to talk tough to the two warring senior leaders as their adamant stand and ego clash has led to rampant infighting and factionalism that could bring doom to the party if not resolved immediately. Shah is expected to tell both the leaders to shed their rigid stands and work unitedly to bring the party to power in the next election,” a former BJP minister told Express.
Apart from Yeddyurappa and Eshwarappa, Union minister Ananth Kumar, MP Prahlad Joshi, BJP National Joint Organising Secretary Santosh and BJP State Organising Secretary Ravi Kumar have been invited for talks in New Delhi to be held at Shah’s residence on Friday evening.
The state BJP rank and file is getting demoralised with Eshwarappa refusing to end his association with Sangolli Rayanna Brigade, which is organising backward classes and Dalit rallies in the state and Yeddyurappa remaining firm on his opposition to SRB and refusal to make any changes in the appointment of party office-bearers.
Ground for truce
Eshwarappa, who claims huge support for SRB rallies within BJP, is said to be keen to explain the advantages of SRB rallies in expanding BJP’s base among the backwards and Dalits.