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BSY all set to join back BJP soon

DC | B. Aravinda Shetty | 15th Sep 2013

Bengaluru: Former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s return to BJP seems imminent next month with the nomination of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

Sources close to the Lingayat strongman told Deccan Chronicle that he would complete all formalities for merger of his nascent Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) with BJP during the inauspicious period of Pitru Paksha (September 19 to October 4), and formally return during Dasara festivities.

In fact, his camp-followers have already communicated his willingness to return to senior central leaders of BJP. They have been in constant touch with Mr. Modi, BJP president Mr. Rajnath Singh, and senior leader Arun Jaitley on the issue of re-entry. “Before Vijayadashmi festival, Mr. Yeddyurappa will certainly return to the BJP at an impressive function,” the sources added.

Meanwhile, executive committee of KJP would meet on September 18 to give a thumbs-up signal for the party’s merger with BJP. Some of Yeddyurappa’s supporters have succeeded in persuading working president Shobha Karandlaje against opposing the merger.

Mr. Yeddyurappa had often praised Mr. Modi in the past—while he was in BJP and later after he launched the KJP. He had also mooted a grand alliance of Opposition parties to counter the ruling Congress both inside the legislature and outside. Such an arrangement came unstuck with Congress candidates winning bypolls to Lok Sabha as well as the Legislative Council.

On his part, Modi reportedly told state BJP leaders that he would accept their invitation to address a rally in Bengaluru next month on the condition that they would make up their mind and facilitate Mr. Yeddyurappa’s home-coming. Earlier, he tried to convince  Yeddyurappa not to part ways with BJP and even invited the former chief minister to the national executive in Mumbai in an attempt to placate him.

His efforts were, however, stymied by the faction led by national general secretary H N Ananth Kumar.

 

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