Karnataka unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing a looming political crisis in the state. The state in-charge of BJP party Arun Singh refuted claims of having ‘difference in the party’. He said that there will not be a change in the leadership and strict actions will be taken against party members who speak against the party in the state.
Karnataka’s political development and the news of internal power tussle are no longer a secret. The open dissent of BJP Members of legislative Assembly (MLAs) against the incumbent Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and his style of functioning has led to a situation of political crisis.
Arun Singh, Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh said, “The BJP party will take actions against members who will speak against the party. Just two and three people are speaking against the BJP party.” He advised the members speaking against the party to speak about the Congress Party’s failures and highlight good works of the Modi and Yediyurappa governments.
JP Nadda, the BJP party Chief lauded Yediyurappa’s contributions in governing the state. Even Yediyurappa denied political crisis in the state. He said that he will follow the instructions of the high command.
Leaders like Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, A.H. Vishwanath, and C.P. Yogeshwar publicly criticized the Yediyurappa government. Some of the party old-timers expressed their displeasure over the functioning style of the government.
CM Yediyurappa said that there is no political turbulence. Only one or two people have always spoken against him and creating a misunderstanding in the eyes of the public. The high command will look after the matter.
Vishwanath accused Yediyurappa’s younger son and party vice-president B Y Vijayendra of interfering in the administration of the state. He alleged that Vijayendra has taken illegal payment in the Bhadra irrigation project contract. However, the state government dismissed the allegations stating that the payment was done following consent from the finance department of the state. Singh reiterated that there is no reason to believe that the state will see a change in leadership.