Bengaluru: Discontent within the Karnataka BJP against President B S Yeddyurappa over the appointment of office-bearers refused to die down, with a section of party leaders sticking to their stand of opposing his “unilateral” style of functioning.
After Yeddyurappa made it clear that he will not go back on the appointments made to the post of party office-bearers and presidents of district units, a section of disgruntled party leaders today met under the leadership of former Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa.
Speaking after the meeting, Eshwarappa who is also Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, said “Let Yeddyurappa tell that he has made appointments after discussing with state core committee, I will surrender today itself”.
He said “ours is a party with organisation, it is by workers, it has some practises. Our intention is that, a system which is there has to be followed, we have discussed what has to be done for it.”
Sources say in the meeting it was decided that they will stick to the stand of demanding re-appointment of office-bearers and district Presidents, after discussing the issue in the core committee.
Also it has been agreed to discuss these issues with other members of the core committee like Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar, Union Minister Ananth Kumar and others, who have stayed away from the controversy.
Speaking at a newly appointed office bearers meeting in Shivamogga, Yeddyurappa said “we have to work together to strengthen the party. We will have to work like brothers; those who have held offices earlier and those who are holding it now both will have to work together.”
Hitting back at Yeddyurappa loyalist Shobha Karandlaje, party leader C T Ravi said no one has got the opportunities that she has got in the short span of time.
Responding to a question about her alleged statement regarding an attempt to suppress her through false allegations, he said “I don’t know why she is feeling that way. She has been made MP from Chikkamagaluru-Udupi where party has a strong base. We have all worked for her victory, treating her like a sister.”