- The Karnataka CM called for an all-party meet on Wednesday to discuss the Cauvery issue.
- BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa ordered his party members to ignore the all-party meeting.
BJP leaders are being criticised severely for not taking part in the all-party meeting led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to take a final call on the Cauvery issue.
Though BJP has extended its support for Siddaramaiah’s decision of not releasing water to Tamil Nadu, its absence from the meeting has caused the party much embarrassment. While the JD(S) is being appreciated for its efforts and support to the CM in taking a decision on Cauvery issue, the BJP has been completely sidelined not only by political leaders but also by average citizens.
Sources say that this decision of giving the meeting a miss was taken by BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa. So did he put the party to shame in the eyes of people of Karnataka?
BJP sources say that the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Cauvery issue had put the state BJP leadership in a fix as they were not in a position either to negate or affirm their stand on the Cauvery issue.
17 BJP members of Parliament who represent Karnataka did not raise their voice in protest. Even the Union Ministers from Karnataka limited their statements to the media. None, including the Karnataka BJP leadership, ventured into taking a delegation to the PM and seek his intervention on Cauvery issue earlier.
Even in the Mahadayi River issue, the state BJP is said to have shown a non-proactive role, that has added to the general disappointment against the party. Even in this case, CM Siddaramaiah had written letters to the chief ministers of Goa and Maharashtra, when BJP was mum about the steps needed to be taken.
That apart, the BJP has strongly opposed the PM's intervention in the issue till recently. But when the time came for all parties to form a united opinion, BJP said it would rather speak to PM Modi and ask him to intervene in the matter!
“Our party and all state leaders have attempted to apprise Union Water Resources Minister of problems being faced by Karnataka. The problem would be studied in three days and opinion would be given after that,” said Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda after meeting with PM Modi.
Sources also said that BJP leaders did not have any problem in attending the all-party meeting. But state leader of the party, Yeddyurappa, gave a strict order that no one will take part in the meet.
Instead, BJP leaders and Union Ministers Ananth Kumar, Sadananda Gowda and others met the PM and Uma Bharathi and discussed the Cauvery issue.
However, there are no leads that say PM Modi will intervene in the matter. So, BJP is clearly at a loss as it does not have a strong reason for not taking part in the meeting, especially after CM Siddaramaiah’s much-lauded decision regarding the issue.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:44 PM IST