Differences percolate to BJP cadre

Former MP Ayanur Manjunath (left) argueing with BJP leader S.N. Channabasappa in Shivamogga on Monday. — Photo: VAIDYA  

A clear indication of the differences between BJP State president B.S. Yeddyurappa and senior leader K.S. Eshwarappa percolating down to the cadre came from Shivamogga, the party’s strong bastion and home district of both leaders, as their supporters traded charges in public on Monday.

The party had to witness embarrassing moments as Mr. Yeddyurappa’s supporters hurled charges at Mr. Eshwarappa and the latter’s followers reciprocated by staging a walkout from a press conference.

Trouble started when former Rajya Sabha MP Ayanur Manjunath, while addressing a press conference, alleged that a section of leaders within BJP did not want the party to win 150 seats in the next Assembly election and Mr. Yeddyurappa becoming Chief Minister. Without taking names, he said “these leaders” wanted a coalition arrangement to come to power in the State. “It is unfortunate that Mr. Eshwarappa has become a puppet in the hands of this conspiring group,” he said.

He also expressed displeasure against M.B. Bhanuprakash, MLC, for expressing in public his views over differences in the party. At this point, followers of Mr. Eshwarappa, including Girish Patel and S. Dattatri, members of BJP State executive committee, and S.N. Channabasappa, general secretary of the party district unit, who were seated on the dais, walked out. Unperturbed by this, Mr. Manjunath continued his tirade against Mr. Eshwarappa and Mr. Bhanuprakash and said that a section of the BJP leaders were “hand-in-glove with H.D. Kumaraswamy”, JD(S) State unit president, to end the political career of Mr. Yeddyurappa. “Time and again, Mr. Eshwarappa has violated party discipline by issuing statements on the differences he has with Mr. Yeddyurappa,” he said.

After the press conference, the followers of Mr. Eshwarappa expressed displeasure against Mr. Manjunath for airing views against Mr. Eshwarappa in public. Mr. Dattatri said it was uncalled for since a meeting was to be convened in Bengaluru on January 19 to iron out differences.

Mr. Channabasappa alleged that Mr. Eshwarappa was being sidelined. After Mr. Eshwarappa had agreed to remain distant from the activities of Sangolli Rayanna Brigade, he was neglected in the State-level convention of Backward Classes, he said.

BSY not to attend RSS meet

Meanwhile, Mr. Yeddyurappa said in Kolar that neither he nor any other party leader will attend the RSS organisational meeting on Tuesday.

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