Future 'tense' for 17 migrants in BJP as CM BS Yediyurappa set to resign
With Central leadership all set to replace Yediyurappa in a few days, the fate of 17 migrants from Congress and JD(S) who rebelled and joined BJP to make BS Yediyurappa the CM and enjoy the power along with him are reportedly sulking now. While some say 'No Problem', another lawmaker says, 'will remain an ordinary worker'.
It seems more than CM Yediyurappa and his immediate family members, it is a jolt for the 17 migrant leaders from Congress and JD(S) who switched over to BJP by destabilizing the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, now is planning CM's exit.
From Shivram Hebbar to K Gopalaiah from Mahalakshmipuram, MLA Munirathna Naidu from RR Nagar and other leaders are reportedly tense over the change and many of them have begun to reconsider the matter as a possible reduction of bargaining power once Yediyurappa goes.
Shivram Hebbar, a prominent leader from Yellapur and now serving as Labour Minister says," No worries. Whatever decision the party takes we will stick to it. Not worried even if power goes out of hand."
Similarly, K Gopalaiah, a Vokkaliga leader now serving as Excise Minister and MLA from Mahalakshmipuram in a low voice said, "Now that I have joined BJP, I will continue to remain in the BJP family."
Gopalaiah was the only JD(S) leader from Bengaluru and his exit was a big blow to the regional party in city limits. In case his equation with party leaders goes wrong and in the absence of Yediyurappa to offer protection, Gopalaiah can opt to shift its parent as JD(S) is facing a severe leadership crunch.
Echoing similar sentiment, Munirathna Naidu from Rajarajeshwari Nagar appeared sobbing over the news of Yediyurappa's exit as he was expecting to be inducted into the Cabinet after his recent victory in the by-election. He said, "I will have to limit myself to my Assembly segment itself. I will always remain an ordinary worker."
Another leader from the migrant camp who is serving as a Minister in Yediyurappa camp spoke on the condition of anonymity and said that the leadership change will drown BJP as people are already frustrated over the Covid situation and flash floods. "The state people are watching. The change in leadership will result in confusion. Now what is important is that the government should be allowed to function smoothly as parts of Karnataka are ravaged by floods. The Centre interfering in state BJP will send the wrong message."
In 2019, 17 MLAs, three from JD(S) and 14 from Congress withdrew their support to ruling JD(S) and Congress government then and made BS Yediyurappa as CM indirectly. As a reward, the leaders were inducted in the party and given tickets, later about 10 were made a Minister after they won by-elections in 2019 December.
This move had antagonized the longstanding MLAs who were aspiring ministerial posts and hence turned rebel against Yediyurappa, ultimately resulting in differences coming out in open and complaining to party high command.
Now once Yediyurappa goes, the fate of these leaders who are made Ministers and some were sent to the upper house may find it hard to gain a strong foothold.