Karnataka Janata Paksha chief B.S. Yeddyurappa may be thinking of rejoining his parent party, the BJP. But there are indications that he is also in a quiet understanding with the Janata Dal (Secular).
According to sources close to Mr. Yeddyurappa, he may be inclined towards the JD(S) as there is Opposition from within the KJP to his rejoining the Bharatiya Janata Party. Close associates like Shobha Karandlaje are worried they will lose their identity if they rejoin the BJP.
Mr. Yeddyurappa has apparently met JD(S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda twice recently and discussed “possible” seat adjustment for the coming Lok Sabha polls. Mr. Yeddyurappa’s understanding is that going with the JD(S) will earn him dividends owing to the caste (Lingayat and Vokkaliga) configuration. With that arrangement, he is confident of garnering a minimum of 15 seats.
At the same time, a senior KJP leader said Mr. Yeddyurappa is not sure he will get a fair treatment in the BJP. But there is pressure on him as BJP national election campaign committee chairman Narendra Modi is firm on Mr. Yeddyurappa’s comeback.
The JD(S) is not averse to joining hands with Mr. Yeddyurappa their aim is to humble the Congress.