The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has initiated talks with Bharatiya Janata Party leaders on his return to the party fold, amid indications from the party that it has no issues on his rejoining it.
After the disastrous performance of the BJP in the Assembly elections against the backdrop of Mr. Yeddyurappa heading the Karnakata Janata Paksha (KJP), there is a realisation on both sides that they need each other.
Mr. Yeddyurappa was forced by the BJP to step down as Chief Minister after his indictment by the Lokayukta on charges of illegal mining.
The return of Mr. Yeddyurappa figured at a meeting in Mumbai recently where BJP Karnataka unit leaders met with BJP president Rajnath Singh and the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
The meeting took stock of the prospects of the party in the Lok Sabha elections against the backdrop of the worst performance of the party in the recent Assembly polls.
The consensus was that the party needs to strengthen its base and the return of Yeddyurappa would boost its prospects.
Senior leaders such as L.K. Advani were very unhappy over the manner in which the than party president Nitin Gadkari had handled the revolt against the party by Mr. Yeddyurappa. Mr. Advani was of the view that the party leadership should have taken a stern view of the defiance of the Lingayat strongman at a juncture when the party was trying to pin down the Congress on the issue of corruption.
A formal decision on the re-induction of Mr. Yeddyurappa into the party fold would be taken at the Parliamentary Board though it might take some more time.