Truce unlikely to end woes in BJP

B. S. Satish Kumar

‘Compromise may only be the start of

a long battle ahead’

‘None has emerged stronger, but the

party has become weak’

BANGALORE: Even as the rebellion in the Bharatiya Janata Party Government has been resolved for the time being with the rebel leaders and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa holding each others’ hands in Delhi in front of their central leaders, leaders of the party’s State unit are still apprehensive, and fear that it is going to be an “uneasy truce”. They feel that “the present compromise is not a solution, but only the introduction for a long-drawn battle” likely to unfold in the days to come.

Such a feeling has gripped the party’s long-time associates as none of the rival factions in the party seems to have emerged victorious after plunging the State into a political crisis for 14 days. “None has emerged stronger, but the party has become weak,” observed a senior party functionary.

He made it clear that the party and the Chief Minister had not agreed to the demand of the rebels for dropping six Ministers and including six MLAs from their group into the Ministry. Only Shobha Karandlaje would be dropped from the Ministry and this would increase the vacant ministerial berths to two as already there is one vacancy created by V. Somanna’s resignation.

While Speaker Jagadish Shettar, who was projected as an alternative leader by the rebels, would be taken into the Cabinet, the rebels would be asked to suggest the name of another MLA from their group to be included in the Ministry. This is may turn out to be tricky for the rebels as they have to choose one from the list of five strong aspirants that includes C.T. Ravi, S.A. Ramdas, M.P. Renukacharya and A. Narayanaswamy.

The party and the Chief Minister are learnt to have decided to desist from changing a few tough officials, including Harsh Gupta, who has been posted as Deputy Commissioner of Bellary, the home district of the Reddy brothers.

“Was there a need to continue the stalemate for 14 days if the rebels were to be satisfied with only the dropping of Ms. Karandlaje and transferring the Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary V.P. Baligar?” a senior party functionary asked. This would only indicate that the rebel group, especially the Ministers from Bellary, were yet to completely extract their pound of flesh, he said, hinting that the trouble is far from over.

Meanwhile, the party State unit, especially the Chief Minister’s camp, is suspecting the role of a party senior leader and MP from the State who is also a known detractor of Mr. Yeddyurappa in the rebel episode.

According to a party leader, this MP lost the plot towards the end as party central leader L.K. Advani and the RSS reportedly backed the Chief Minister in a bid to prevent the mining lobby from gaining an upper hand.

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