Those holding government posts may face the risk of losing them
With the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa seemingly lukewarm to efforts to retain him in the party, the Bharatiya Janata Party is learnt to be getting ready to act against party Ministers, legislators, MPs and heads of boards and corporations if they formally identify themselves with his new political outfit, the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP).
“Those holding government posts such as ministerial berths or heads of boards and corporations will lose their positions if they identify themselves with the KJP. Similarly, show-cause notices will be issued to elected representatives of the party if they associate themselves with the KJP,” a senior BJP leader told The Hindu here on Saturday.
“But it does not mean that we will be acting immediately because there is a view that it is better for us to wait till December 9 — the date on which Mr. Yeddyurappa has said he will quit the BJP — to initiate disciplinary action. The party does not want to precipitate matters till Mr. Yeddyurappa himself makes it clear through his actions whether he will stay in the party or quit,” he said.
“Presently, Mr. Yeddyurappa is very much part of the BJP and, hence, we will not act against those attending his meetings for now. But once he quits the party, we will not keep quiet. We will act against our leaders if they attend even the rally to be held by him in Haveri on December 9 to join the KJP,” he said.
As of now, M. D. Laxminarayana, MLC, who is Chairman of the Karnataka State Handloom Development Corporation (KSHDC), faces the axe as he has not only attended recent KJP meetings, but has also been appointed its general secretary. Soon he will be stripped of the post of KSHDC Chairman, which has the rank of Minister, the senior leader said. Meanwhile, notices will also be served on Nehru Olekar, MLA, and G.S. Basavaraju, Tumkur MP, for their remarks against the BJP, he said.
Though the party’s central leaders sent feelers to Mr. Yeddyurappa in a bid to retain him in the party, he reportedly did not evince interest. According to sources, Mr. Yeddyurappa wants either the State party president’s post or a public commitment on appointing him Chief Minister if the party comes to power again. This is not acceptable to the party. It is only ready to go to the extent of keeping open, till the next elections, the question of who should become Chief Minister . This has resulted in a deadlock, sources said.
In a surprise development, BJP national general secretary and key strategist Arun Jaitley arrived in Bangalore on Saturday night. This triggered curiosity in the party as even top State leaders had not been informed about his visit.
Speculation was rife that Mr. Jaitley held consultation with Mr. Yeddyurappa at a secret location late in the night in the presence of RSS leaders in a bid to retain him in the party. However, none of the party leaders confirmed that talks were held.