It seems that loyalists of the Karnataka Janata Paksha’s (KJP) chief B.S. Yeddyurappa had anticipated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not act against them in a hurry.
Ministers, MLAs and MLCs who had participated in the Haveri convention of the KJP on Sunday were confident of retaining their positions in the party on Wednesday. The decision of the BJP core committee to send show-cause notices to them in the next couple of days was not a surprise.
Sources both in the KJP and the BJP maintained that status quo would continue till the government completes its full term. However, as the core committee meeting was progressing, some MLAs and MLCs were seen sitting with their fingers crossed in the Assembly and Council lounge. As soon as they learnt that action against rebels would be delayed by a couple of days, they appeared relieved.
An MLC, a close aide of Mr. Yeddyurappa and well connected with the BJP’s high command, said that the BJP rebels were pretty confident that the party would not act against them.
His argument: how can the party take disciplinary action against rebels when they had not acted against Somashekara Reddy, Suresh Babu, B. Nagendra, J. Shantha and Phakeerappa, who had identified with the BSR Congress, led by the former Minister B. Sriramulu.
“The BJP government wants to be in power as long as it can,” he admitted. Asked what the strategy of Mr. Yeddyurappa would be, he said the former Chief Minister reacts only when the BJP does. A senior Minister said if the BJP leaders were serious on taking action, they would have done so during the session.