Eshwarappa denies infighting in K’taka BJP, says Yeddyurappa CM candidate

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Bengaluru: Hours after attacking BJP Karnataka president BS Yeddyurappa over his “unilateral” style of functioning and saying the “dictatorial attitude” won’t work, senior leader K.S. Eshwarappa clarified that there is no infighting within the party.
“No infighting, fighting only to save organization and confident about succeeding. BS Yeddyurappa is CM candidate for assembly polls,” Eshwarappa told ANI on April 27.
Eshwarappa earlier held a convention to “save” the party in defiance of its state president BS Yeddyurappa’s warning against it. At the convention, he questioned why Yeddyurappa did not call meeting of ‘disgruntled’ party leaders as directed by BJP national president Amit Shah.
Rejecting Eshwarappa’s claims that Amit Shah had not opposed today’s meeting, Yeddurappa said that on instructions from the national general secretary in-charge Muralidhar Rao, state general secretary N. Ravikumar had made a statement asking party men to refrain from attending the meeting.
“How can a party’s national general secretary give such instructions without Amit Shah’s consent…as a disciplined party worker, I feel that our party leadership will take appropriate decision,” he said.
The fissures within the Karnataka unit have cropped up as a matter of concern among the central leadership, which is hoping for the revival of the party’s fortunes in the assembly polls early next year to see BJP’s return to power.
Forming the first-ever government in the South, the BJP had ruled the state from 2008 to 2013 which had seen three chief ministers taking over the reign one after another amid the factional wars and corruption charges leading to the Congress return to power.

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