BJP brass’ stony silence on Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa baffles functionaries | Bengaluru News – Times of India

Bengaluru: Senior BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and opposition leader Siddaramaiah’s recent statements that chief minister BS Yediyurappa is on his way out evoked instant reactions from some ministers and party office-bearers in Karnataka, but the brass has maintained a studied silence on the controversy, indicating something is brewing.
The central leadership’s silence over the past three months is significant as it backed Yediyurappa and even bent the rules to make him the chief minister for the fourth time.
When it comes to polls and elected offices, the party has applied the 75-year age-limit rule to several senior functionaries. Yediyurappa is the only exception. The most recent high-profile ‘victim’ of this was former Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who was denied a ticket from Indore as she had crossed 75.
“They (brass) brought him into the party after he left and floated a new one (KJP). They have always given him a patient hearing even when many other CMs were unable to meet them. At the same time, Yediyurappa has also campaigned extensively for them and won election battles. Their mutual admiration is known but now they are keeping quiet. I think there may be a plan,” said a senior party functionary.
BJP ministers, legislators and workers in Karnataka are anxiously waiting for newly appointed BJP national general secretary Arun Singh, who recently replaced Muralidhar Rao as Karnataka in-charge, to clear the air.
Singh is expected to make his maiden visit as general secretary in-charge on December 5 and 6, when he will hold wide-ranging consultations on the issue, sources said. “Cabinet expansion may be put on hold till then,” they added.
Several ministers loyal to Yediyurappa and BJP legislators, who were in Delhi to attend the opening ceremony of national general secretary CT Ravi’s office on Friday, met Singh and discussed several issues, including the necessity of taking up cabinet expansion and allowing Yediyurappa to continue in office, sources added.
“As of now, Yediyurappa is the chief minister and our party boss. We want to know whether he will lead BJP in the coming assembly election,” said a senior minister who was part of the delegation which met Singh. He opined the uncertainty may prevent the party from taking on the opposition in the poll.

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