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Updated: December 21, 2011 11:55 IST

Yeddyurappa's arrest likely to intensify intra-party rivalry

S. Rajendran
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One section within BJP reportedly wants him expelled from party

Intra-party rivalry in the Bharatiya Janata Party, at the national and State levels, is expected to touch a new high with the former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa surrendering before the Special Lokayukta Court here, which had served an arrest warrant against him earlier in the day.

Clear divisions have emerged in the BJP with Mr. Yeddyurappa being remanded in judicial custody, with one section voicing the view that the party should expel him, despite his immense contribution to the growth of the party, and the section loyal to the former Chief Minister maintaining that he remains their leader at any cost, and they would stand by him in his hour of trial. In other words, a split in the State unit of the BJP is a distinct possibility if any action is sought to be taken against him.

Surprise elements

If the resignation of Mr. Yeddyurappa as the first ever Chief Minister of a BJP government in south India was marked by high drama and suspense, his surrender before the court on Saturday was also packed with surprise elements. While his loyalists were present in strength at his official residence throughout the forenoon, Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who was closeted with several Ministers, voiced concern over the developments and said the detractors would soon be exposed.

Although the matter is sub judice (as the matter is being heard in court), it is the string of cases filed by a private complainant, and the sanction for prosecution that he received from the Governor, that has resulted in all the political friction, the kind of which has never been witnessed in Karnataka. Mr. Yeddyurappa is the first political leader who held the post of Karnataka Chief Minister to be remanded in judicial custody. None of his 19 predecessors, including the late Ramakrishna Hegde who faced charges of irregularities in the arrack bottling case, faced such action.

Sources privy to the developments within the party said while the serious differences within the Karnataka unit of the BJP, in particular the legislature wing of the party, continue, the developments in the corruption case made out against Mr. Yeddyurappa, leading to him being remanded in custody, to begin with, for a week (till October 22) has led to the new demand that Mr. Yeddyurappa be expelled from the primary membership of the party.

BJP sources told The Hindu that the demand for expulsion had come from some opponents of the former Chief Minister at the national level, some of whom also hail from the State. The former Chief Minister had attracted the wrath of several important party functionaries both at the State and national levels.

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its interesting to read now a days that., whenever they (the corrupt or criminal politicians) arrested., they get sick and all get the chest pain. why so., they all were normal before the arrest. Once they get bail, they will come out of jail or hospital with showing the "V" sign without any disease and without any shame. Does jail became hospital???? because they get treated for their ailments. really shame on the politicians for their ill works, and shame on us too 'cos we are making them victorious again and again even by knowing their real faces.

from:  Sayeed
Posted on: Oct 16, 2011 at 13:56 IST

The law has taken its course in the case of Yeddy. The writing on the wall was there for him & his supporters to see. However, he took long time to quit office. It would have been good if he had turned the adverse conditions to his advantage (by leaving office) & exposed the misdeeds of the former CMs of the State who all have indulged in corrupt practices in allotment of public land to their family members. Instead Yeddy went too far to justify his actions which cost him dearly. Almost CMs of all States in our country have abused/misused their powers in land allotment. If the Judiciary is really serious to eliminate corruption in land use, Supreme Court must order a thorough probe by a special team of all land scams in AP, Karnataka, Maharashtra etc., Punishing one person because he was found guilty is not justice at all. The SC must not wait for such cases to come in the pen & order a probe without undue delay. If it does not, it will only help & serve the political parties.

from:  SR Sankaran
Posted on: Oct 16, 2011 at 10:12 IST

Sir, all political leaders who involved in corruption, misuse of official position and cheating the people and the nation are now saying that we face the situation leagally and since the issue is in courts we can not comment. Nation & the people should know how many leaders like this have been punished earier. Courts take its own time leading to decades by the time culprits either die or escape as evidences fade out. Small lower court to supreme court they face. Results will be further wasting public money & consuming time.Poitical parties are washing their hands by suspending/ dismissing from their parties but giving ticket to their releatives. Unless time framed judgements received, damaged/lost values recovered and guilty punished people gradually loose faith not only on politicians but also on our system of judiciary. Unless Bureaucracy and judiciary should not bend politicians & work independently without fear, system cannot be brought back to tracks.

from:  KR Raja Reddy, Tirupati
Posted on: Oct 16, 2011 at 07:15 IST

The rise and fall of a rogue could be an apt title for Yeddurappa. As expected once he got arrested, Yeddurappa, 'got sick' and has to be shifted to hospital. Once he gets a bail, the 'got sick' syndrome will vanish in a matter of time. Shame to all the politicians, who takes the loopholes in the law for their gain. Kudos to Indian Judiciary.

from:  Syed Kabeer Ahmed
Posted on: Oct 16, 2011 at 06:24 IST
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