The BJP is going all out to prevent Congress from getting an upper hand and it is rumoured that some of the Congress leaders are succumbing to the allure. The Congress camp is abuzz with rumours that 3 ministers will be defecting to BJP by Jan 2018. Also some MLAs are fed up of Congress leadership and want to join BJP on their own free will, it is said, reported Kannada Prabha.
BJP is trying its best to grab Congress Ministers R V Deshapande, Pramod Madhvaraj and Eshwara Khandre and is rumoured to be applying different strategies. Among these Ministers, from one senior minister’s constituency second and third rank leaders have already joined BJP and it is interpreted as a sign that the minister too will jump to BJP by Jan 2018.
BJP national leaders at Delhi are in talks with Minister R V Deshpande and Pramod Madhvaraj. RSS leaders are also making all attempts to grab them. Eshwara Khandre is in direct confrontation with M B Patil. They have differences with regard to Lingayta and Veerashaiva. Using this as a means the BJP leaders are trying to snatch Khandre to their Party, say sources. In fact BJP has long tried to get D K Shivakumar and his brother D K Suresh but the chances of them quitting Congress is very remote, it is said.
In Dakshina Kannada BJP has been trying to get Puttur MLA Shakunthala Shetty. Shetty had quit BJP to join Congress and to this day is in cordial terms with RSS senior leaders. They are trying to get her back to BJP, it is said.
Meanwhile, there is another rumour making rounds that some Congress leaders are insisting that S K Krishna Should mediate for them to join BJP. It is said that A B Malaka Reddy and Dr Sudhakar of Chikkaballapura are fed up of Congress and are ready to join BJP. Another MLA from Afzalpur Maleekayya Guttedar who has an issue with Mallikarjuna Kharge and his son Priyank Kharge is already contemplating joining BJP, it is being said. Guttedar had already expressed his displeasure when Priyank Kharge did not invite him for a government program at his own constituency.