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The Tripwire Setters

The BJP banks on a swoosh of an election run in the state. Will these two men's rivalry foul it up?

The Tripwire Setters
The Tripwire Setters The Tripwire Setters

A Shadow Fight Gets Projected To The Top

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa has communicated the following concerns to the BJP top brass:

  • His rival BJP national general secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar has constantly tried to "destabilise" his government and marginalise his party presence
  • The "caucus" led by Ananth Kumar is constantly "conspiring" against his government. Among those who belong to the caucus are some senior leaders, like former Union minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, former state unit chief B.V. Shivappa, former Lok Sabha deputy speaker S. Mallikarjunaiah, and MPs K.B. Shanappa and Prahalad Joshi.
  • Karunakar and Janardhan Reddy, the powerful brothers from Bellary who helped the BJP in the last assembly elections, have also turned against him
  • Ananth Kumar has been "clever enough" to avoid a direct fight. But his supporters, to the party's detriment, go public with the group's grievances.

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It is natural the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expects Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa to ensure that his party pockets as many seats as possible in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The big question, however, is whether he will be able to deliver, given the turmoil in the party's state unit. The government is less than a year old and the BJP's first in south India, but its members seem to be suffering from a too-early heartburn, and describe the organisational problems that are darkening the party's election prospects as "monumental". In 2004, the party won 18 of the state's 28 Lok Sabha seats. Its strategists are now worrying about even keeping that score, leave alone improving on it.
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