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Updated: May 14, 2012 02:02 IST

Praising Sonia, Yeddyurappa stirs up a hornets' nest

S. Rajendran
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Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa addresses the media after a meeting with loyalist MLAs in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: Pavan Kumar Pateel
The Hindu Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa addresses the media after a meeting with loyalist MLAs in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: Pavan Kumar Pateel

The political crisis in Karnataka following differences within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has snowballed into a serious threat to the 10-month-old D.V. Sadananda Gowda government, with the former Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, exerting pressure on the central leadership to meet his demand for a change of leadership.

And, at a public function here on Sunday, Mr. Yeddyurappa came out with a surprising statement: he showered praises on Congress president Sonia Gandhi with reference to the manner in which that party supported its leaders when they faced problems. But in the BJP, leaders were “fixed” with problems in a bid to rout them from politics, he said.

This declaration of Mr. Yeddyurappa indicates that he has taken a tough stand – either the party should yield to his demand or he may even quit with his followers.

It may be noted here that prior to the visit of Ms. Gandhi to Tumkur about a fortnight ago to pay her obeisance to the seer of Sri Siddaganga Mutt, Sri Shivakumar Swami, whose 105th birth day was celebrated in April, there were reports that a senior Congress leader was in touch with Mr. Yeddyurappa.

Sources in the BJP told The Hindu that 70 legislators, including 16 Ministers who had been in Mr. Yeddyurappa's camp for the last several months, have been invited for a crucial meeting on Monday to decide on the future course of action.

Mr. Yeddyurappa calling the shots depends largely on his support base in the legislature party, and the attendance at the meeting will help decide on the next course of action even as several Ministers and legislators have been discussing the pros and cons of the steps that could be initiated.

A Minister associated with Mr. Yeddyurappa told The Hindu: “Mr. Yeddyurappa needs the support of at least 70 legislators to be successful in his pursuit of a change of leadership and the support of at least half that number to bring down the government. He enjoys the support, and there is no doubt.”

Apart from Ministers Shobha Karandlaje, Umesh Katti, Basavaraj Bommai, Murugesh Nirani, C.M. Udasi, M.P. Renukacharya, Raju Gowda and V. Somanna, who have submitted their letters of resignation to Mr. Yeddyurappa, Minister for Animal Husbandry Revu Naik Belamagi will submit his letter on arrival in Bangalore.

Another 15 legislators have reportedly conveyed to Mr. Yeddyurappa that they are ready to resign Assembly membership.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sadananda Gowda left for New Delhi, apparently to discuss with the central leaders various issues, including expansion of his Ministry — there are 11 vacancies, with the Chief Minister himself supervising 22 departments.

Yeddy is frustrated. yes, he built the party from scratch. He had to get money from the mining lobby who felt that Congress is not bending enough and HD family was demanding too much, and votes from the fanatics. The ill advised notification and de-notification drama to enrich his son and Katta family was his undoing. Operation Lotus with the illgotten cash of the Reddys made him their slave. Whatever he may now say need be forgiven as utterings of frustation.

from:  Francis Athiparampan
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 19:58 IST

People are not stupid, and can easily guess where this all coming from and going to end in. Knowing BSY is discontent with BJP govt in the state, first Congress central leadership influences CBI to put a case on BSY. BSY will quit BJP along with his supporters, there by pulling down the state BJP govt. BSY along with his supporters will join Congress and will show the strength to form the govt. Congress will come to power. CBI case on BSY is withdrawn. These are old school arm twisting tactics of Congress central leaders.

from:  Sudheendra
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 16:24 IST

What a pity that we voted BJP with what all hopes in our heart ! Where we have landed ourselves ? There is absolutely no governance going on in the state since Mr Yeddi was removed from the CM post. Of course, nothing much was done when he was also there as CM. When he was CM, JS or Congress were pulling down for one reason or other. Now, when he was not CM, he is pulling down the present CM. In this process, everybody is watching and waiting to hear the news when one gets up in the next day morning, what is next going to happen today. It has become a TAMASHA in everybody's discussion. I think that although govt. is there, it is only for namesake and it is already president rule going on.

from:  A Ramadas
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 14:37 IST

Though I am a hardcore BJP follower, I feel Yeddyurappa's comment on Sonia is justified. Mr.Yeddyurappa was instrumental in forming the first BJP government in South India and the sole reason for BJP's current strength in Karnataka is 100% attributed to him. It is bad on the party's core leadership to have ignored him when he is under crisis. They should have brought in eminent lawyers from within the party like Jaitley and Jethmalani to help Yeddyurappa. His frustration against the party if quite justified.

from:  Karthik
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 13:42 IST

Yedyurappa has been pushed to the wall. He knows quite will that if he quits BJP and topples the Karnataka govt, UPA and CBI will go soft on him. It serves his purpose to quit BJP. Also, he was not wrong in praising Sonia. Congress Party has been very tolerant towards corruption, if the person/party involved is supporting UPA. Kalmadi was 'suspended' but the govt which has control over IOA did not sack him from IOA. Vilsrao Deshmukh is still minister at the centre. The only person from the congress party who was punished/sidelined for being 'corrupt' was Mr.Natwar Singh, even though it was never proved in the court of law.

from:  Sriram Iyer
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 12:30 IST

Sir, It would be a perfect combination for Mr BSY to join hands with Congress as it is a party that seems to be protecting the corrupt. BSY was a blot in BJP's image and his defection to the congress is probably a move to save himself from the ongoing issues in the mining case. This move should boost the BJP cadres even if it means that they will end up losing Karnataka.

from:  R Ramanujam
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 10:40 IST

Do all the scams, and still be the chief minister, that's the beauty of Indian democracy and the judicial system. No regret over the scams that happened in his tenure. Spineless leaders who just want the power do more scams and for that they can do anything.

from:  Rajeev
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 09:40 IST

Thus the ex-CM has openly said that Congress supports its tainted and corrupted leaders unlike the BJP, who will atleast show some resistance in front of the public and media for some time. Now Congress will take that as a compliment and will take in Mr. Yeddyurappa into its fold and may be even make him its candidate in the forthcoming General Elections.Great!

from:  Bibin Babu
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 09:40 IST

Isn't this guy supposed to be a hard core RSS man, didn't know RSS guys were so meekly trained, he doesn't deserve to be in the RSS nor in the BJP

from:  Indi
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 09:21 IST

I don't understand why BJP is still tolerating him ?? Expel him from the party immediately...

from:  Tulasi Ram
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 07:38 IST

Yediyurappa has to praise Sonia Gandhi,as there is no alternative for him.CBI is going to start investigation from Tuesday onwards

from:  Satish Rao m
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 07:28 IST

Party loyalty does not come to play when criminal matters are involved.No one has the right to politicize a criminal matter. If one does, it is at their political personal peril!

from:  Saratchandran
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 04:59 IST

Mr Yeddurappa you are forgetting that Congress is a closely held family concern, where even the senior most leaders (read PM, FM. HM)have to toe the line defined by the PM in waiting. BJP and other parties have a set up where the leaders are questioned by the rank and file. Instead of indirectly criticising the BJP leadership, get your house in order (the trusts, the mining and other scandals) before contemplating throwing stones.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 03:52 IST

Yes, Mr Yeddyurappa,Congress president Sonia Gandhi's party (thanks God it's no more Mahatma Gandhi's Party!) continues to support its corrupt leaders when they faced problems. They systematically destoryed our National Motto 'Satyameva Jayate' This is exactly the concern of all the Citizens of this great nation. Corruption is omnipresence and omnipotent in public life under the patronage of Soniaji's party. Mr Yeddyurappa must seek abode under the 'Govardhanagiri (Soniaji's Party)' specifically designed for problem facing politicians! God saves Bharath!

from:  Kannan
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 03:05 IST

Shri Yeddyurappa and the like remind an old saying 'thieves support theives' when he supported Soniaji and congress party. If yeddy is not facing any probes for the ill gotten wealth, I would have given some credibility to his words. But he is not cleared of wrong doing. Why is he so anxious to become the Chief Minister? Is it the lure of money and power? If he wants to render service to the poor and needy, he can do so by remaining outside the government.

from:  Dr. S. Gavarasana
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 01:53 IST

BJP should let the corrupt Yuddyurappa to join congress of Sonia. That will be the proper place for him. Birds of the same feathers flock together.

from:  Dr. R. L. Banerjee
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 01:47 IST

Mr. Yedurappa will get plenty of protection in Congress.

from:  Suresh Kumar
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 01:29 IST

Yedyurappa is living example of greed for power among politicians who are willing to go to any length to retain power.

from:  Sahil
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 01:28 IST

Speaks volumes, even corrupt ministers know which party and leader to join.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 01:25 IST

BJP should happily let him off to Congress, which is anyway the mother of all tainted.

from:  Maduraiveeran
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 00:36 IST

A wolf in sheep's clothing. Beware!

from:  R. Selvaraju
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 23:02 IST

Looks like the next plan of Yeddy is to join CONGRESS .. all praises for Sonia Madam !

from:  Deepak Kumar RS
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 22:30 IST

Let Yeddi take his men and family and go to Cong party. That will be good for the state and the people of Karnataka.

from:  Shrinivas
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 22:08 IST

Mr. Yeddyurappa is right and he should join Congress. Congress goes to any extent to support it's corruption tainted ministers. Take for example Kapil Sibal. He found no loss at all in 2G auction. Go for it Mr. Yeddyurappa. You will have Congress backing if you are caught in corruption cases again.

from:  Parameshwar
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 21:15 IST

He fell to rock bottom and started digging from there. I pity this guy!

from:  Srinivas
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 20:54 IST

So he is giving a big certificate saying that BJP won't protect corrupt people what ever may be his position!!

from:  T.Subramanian
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 20:29 IST

What is corrupt Yeddy trying to say? Is he trying to say that Congress is protecting corrupt and criminal politicians and everybody should follow that? There will be one day when people will hit these stupid illogical leaders who are just eating and living with tax payers money!!!!!

from:  Manoj
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 20:12 IST

Great tribute to 'mother' India on mother's day by Yediurappaji. Jai hind.

from:  ASHOK
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 20:06 IST

Central Leadership playing with fire for NO reason. May be Central Leadership looking this state also to be out / on the way out like Delhi, UP, Uttarakand and very soon Bihar to follow.

from:  PRAKAS MENON
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 19:52 IST

He is Perfectly Right! BJP Central Team is full of Power Master. Who can put position to there own Family! Here I am mentioning about the LK Advani+Anantkumar duo play at Back door made the State Politics run week with multiple Power polarity been secretly (Initially) Later Openly (After Mining Drama gone) operate to topple Yeddyurappa and snatch the power out from him , he was good Power Centralizer but failed to keep going ..Sorry for him. Built New Reginal Party with Subramniyam Swamy I will support you. Pull out Subramiyam Swamy back to JD and support the best one later after election, Glod Bless you.

from:  Satish
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 19:25 IST

The words of praise BS Yediyurappa, has left for Sonia Gandhi have hit two targets simultaneously. It is an indictment on the leadership of BJP which washes its hands off in lieu of helping the BJP cadres mired in scams.In another way, it is a dubious honour bestowed on Congress for taking care of its tained men. No doubt, the veils of Indian polity, which celebrates 60th anniversary of our Parliament is ripped through statements of sort. It is the race for power in which most of the contenders unfortunately can less be relied upon for their greed for power compromising all political values. Will an alterntive dawn in our political horizon?

from:  C.Chandrasekaran
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 18:28 IST

Yeda Yeddy thinks CM post of Karnataka is inherited to him.In spite of various corrupt charges against him,he still intends to regain the CM seat.The man without any political ethics can go to any extent to remain in power.

from:  CA Satish Shetty
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 17:25 IST

No need of such corrupt people. Convict him and put him in a jail.

from:  Akshat
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 17:14 IST

If Mr.Yeddyurappa is that much confident of Sonia Gandhi protecting criminals in Congress, better he and his company join congress!Actually what is Yeddyuyrappa's problem? Can't he spend time with out CM's post? Is he the only leader of BJP who was instrumental for getting a ruling position in Karnataka? In fact DVSadananda was the party president when BJP got such a majority. Why it was not possible during Yeddi's regime? It is a great shame on his part to cry for CM's chair!

from:  T.V.Ravindran
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 17:12 IST

Karnataka fiasco clearly depicts how our democracy works in the hands of politicians.U.P.A and N.D.A failed to deliver good governance and they were two faces of the same coin.There is an attempt to create third front and no political party is interested in creating corrupt free society.Politics is a multimillion dollar industry in India that is why we find politicians behave like a businessman whose aim is to make money by hook and have a scant regard for the nation or the society.If politicians does not reform days are not far off they will repent for the failure of democracy.

from:  S.SASSI SEGARANE
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 17:11 IST

oh yeah ... sonia allows her ministers to steal openly. So why shouldn't the BJP, eh? Two wrongs make a right in India.

from:  Gopal
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 17:11 IST

Yeah right. We all know what sort of leaders Congress has and how much Congress tries to shield them. Such people shouldn't be shielded but punished. BJP did well to get rid of him.

from:  Akash
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 17:05 IST

Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa is on the way to Congress as he thinks Congress shields politicians who are accused of favouring illegal mining for personal gains, involved in scam, corruption.

from:  RajeevKumar
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 16:56 IST

Earlier during yeddy's rule Governor used to harass thr' sending reports against state govt. for central rule. Then Sonia turning the bharadwaj's report but advani criticizing yeddy govt. Then Siddu praised Advani in turn yeddy thanked Sonia. Yeddy made 2 mistakes of a lifetime. Once he trusted Vachana Brashta / Polygamy Kumaraswamy & Now Sadananda Gowda. Both back stabbed him with the help of Ghost Ananthakumar. Still he is not realising that there is no place for Yeddy in BJP. BJP always throws away after utilising the support of popular leader like they did similar to Kalyan singh & Uma Bharathi. Still biased media publishes glory of praising Kumaraswamy/ sadananda gowda / ananthakumar. There is no place for this Father/Son party in Karnataka as they recently lost deposit in LS byelection in an effort to make BJP win. This party could garner only 400 votes in recently held byelections of Gandhinagar BBMP Ward, where the party headquarter exists. The only place where this father/son'

from:  NAGARAJ
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 16:32 IST
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