BJP wants Yeddy’s votes… but not Yeddy ?
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BJP wants Yeddy’s votes… but not Yeddy ?

The man who brought the first and the only BJP Government to power in South India, B.S. Yeddyurappa, is being undermined by his own party… again.

The BJP High Command, from the time Yeddyurappa became the face of the Party in Karnataka, has been developing ‘Yeddy phobia’ and it continues…

They first neutralised Yeddyurappa with the Lokayukta report when in 2011, the BJP High Command forced Yeddyurappa to resign as Chief Minister (CM) for simply being named in a Lokayukta report. The reason given was that the BJP High Command at that time wanted to have the moral authority to attack UPA-II on corruption.

But the BJP at the Centre shockingly made a  weak call for the resignation of the then Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, who was named in the Shunglu report on CWG scam. How can the BJP force its own CM to resign based on a report and not apply the same rule on a senior opposition party leader?!

So, back then itself it was clear that the BJP High Command was uneasy with Yeddyurappa’s popularity and wanted to enfeeble him. And Yeddyurappa only made it too easy with his erratic decisions and emotional breakdowns.

Then after the HC cleared his name, the High Command refused to reinstate him as CM as promised by the then Party President Nitin Gadkari. In their indecision, they made Yeddyurappa seem like a greedy old man, who first said he wanted to be reinstated as the CM, then said he would not go to Delhi, then went to Delhi from where he was sent back empty-handed, then told they’ll make him the State President, which they finally did after a while.

Is this how you treat a leader who has worked for your party relentlessly and brought it to power? No, Amit Shah did not build BJP in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa did. But now the North Indian-dominated BJP top leadership wants to enjoy the benefits of Yeddyurappa’s sweat by calling the shots.

Yes, BJP has State leaders but leaders like C.T. Ravi, D.V. Sadananda Gowda, R. Ashok, K.S. Eshwarappa and Jagadish Shettar are not vote-getters. And leaders like Ananth Kumar are not even that — they are Delhi operators.

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So why does BJP have ‘Yeddy phobia’? Is it because they don’t want to end up like Congress where a CM will start dictating terms to the High Command? Like in the case of Siddharamaiah and late CM of Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy? In a way, BJP too has become like old Congress where for everything one has to consult the Big Man from Gujarat sitting in Delhi?

Also where is the Kannada pride that most Kannadigas speak of when all our State’s political decisions are made by an MP from Gujarat?

Yes, Yeddyurappa asked for a ticket for his son  B.Y. Vijayendra. So what? And why not? It was a good match up to pit an ex-cm’s son against the sitting CM’s son. And Vijayendra’s chances were good.

If BJP is trying to stick to ‘no tickets for family policy’ then how come Janardhana Reddy’s family and associates got seven tickets? Also the way Vijayendra’s candidature was rejected was quite insulting. Amit Shah had visited Karnataka while  Vijayendra was campaigning in Varuna. He said nothing. So many assumed he had accepted Vijayendra’s candidature, only to reject him on the day of filing his nomination. By doing this, has BJP shown other State BJP leaders and its probable allies that Yeddy does not have any clout in the Party?

The way BJP has treated Yeddyurappa is not just an insult to the senior leader but also an insult to the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community whose only  Pan-Karnataka leader today is Yeddyurappa.

No wonder already WhatsApp messages are being passed around amongst Lingayat voters in Varuna that they should teach BJP a lesson and vote for NOTA.

Could it be that the CM seat and the Lingayat community’s jathaka do not match? History shows that Lingayat CMs are jinxed to never have a peaceful and complete CM term. Every one of the eight Lingayat CMs that Karnataka has had have never completed their full tenure nor have they had a smooth run.

The first Lingayat CM S. Nijalingappa had a conflict with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi which forced him out of office.

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Next came the incomplete tenures of B.D. Jatti and S.R. Kanti. After them, it was Veerendra Patil, who clashed with the then Congress President Rajiv Gandhi and so was ousted.

Soon S.R. Bommai followed but within months he was out. Then in 1996 came J.H. Patel, who couldn’t keep his flock together and he too was gone.

Twelve years later, in 2008, came B.S. Yeddyurappa heralding BJP’s first government in Karnataka and we all know how that ended. The last Lingayat CM was Jagadish Shettar, a substitute CM, whose term ended with just 304 days in office.

Now Yeddy is getting ready yet again but it may be the same jinx, considering he might become CM only with the support of JD(S) that has already pulled the rug from under his feet once.

But if the BJP is able to form a government and  Amit Shah takes a call and decides to make Santoshji or Ananth Kumar as CM citing Yeddy’s age, corruption issues or by propping up old cases, then history will repeat itself.

Some may recall, in 1994 when rumours spread that Ramakrishna Hegde was trying to hijack the CM‘s post from H.D. Deve Gowda, there was violence in front of Vidhana Soudha where slippers were hurled at Ramakrishna Hegde.

Yeddyurappa’s biggest disadvantage is that he has no one in the High Command to put in a good word. It is an open secret that Ananth Kumar, being part of the High Command, has tried various tricks to get the coveted CM’s chair and by the looks of it, the tricks still continue.

Now, the BJP should remember that they may have sown the seed of BJP in Karnataka with Bangarappa but it bloomed under Yeddyurappa.  And if the lotus has to bloom again, they must stop belittling Yeddyurappa. Else they will forever be a lotus propped up with the support of a stake called JD(S), a stake that could slip or snap anytime like it happened in 2007.

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April 28, 2018

19 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “BJP wants Yeddy’s votes… but not Yeddy ?”

  1. Prakash R says:

    I think SOM need not encourage caste based politics. Yeddy may be a leader of Lingayat community, but the community is about 17% of Karnataka’s population, not even one fourth of total population.
    Moreover, Yeddy was behind bar on corruption charges. Morally speaking, he shouldn’t have continued in politics. Moreover he is more than 75 years old. Why not he voluntarily reject high position if party gets majority. He should show that he is not power hungry at 75! Will he ?! We all know the answer!!

  2. Rajashekhar says:

    Yeddi is remembered for corruption! Reddy is remember for corruption!
    People talk of moral authority of yeddi! How come Congress seems to retain the moral right After a century of scams?
    D.k.shi s house was raided by IT for 6 days yet, nobody seems to remember it.
    Congress looted India for 6 decades scams after scam . Last decade itself they looted 300,000 crores! Every single scam below was engineered by Sonia, Rahul and Vadra under the great economists like Manmohan Singh and visionaries like Chidambarm!
    The list is as follows:
    Bofors scam, a trademark scam of Gandhi family.
    Coal Scam: CAG calculated it to be to the tune of 1.86 Lakhs crores, whoops mind-boggling!
    2G Spectrum Scam: To the tune of 1.76 Lakhs crore!!
    Common Wealth Games scams: To the tune of 70,000 crores, involved parties Suresh Kalmadi, Sheila Dikshit, Robert Vadra amongst others
    Chopper Scam: Perfect example of bribery and corruption in India 610 Million!
    Tatra Truck scam: dirty defence deal
    Adarsh Housing scam: a building made for war widows, but flats occupied by Congress big wigs!
    Cash for vote scam in 2011
    Satyam Scam
    Telgi stamp paper scam
    Insurance Scam
    Other Scam and Scandals.

    • syed matheen says:

      You have all institutions and 56″ chest as well,
      why not put them behind bars if they have done it ?
      Why no Jan lok pal even after 4 years ? why no fast tract courts for all these cases ?
      Dksi house was raided and no warrant was issued, nor arrest was made hence for everything what he had was legally obtained.
      But still we agree on your explanation chalo congress is corrupt, So what is BJP then ????????
      By fielding YEDDY as CM candidate.
      N they give lecture on Desh Bakhti and corruption from all corners. Shame

      • Rajashekhar says:

        It is about time they will all be headed to Tihar jail, that is why they are accusing cji and 17 other judges are controlled by modi!
        Just wait and see!
        As long as Raja Sasha had the majority they successfully obstructed all bills so no new changes were implemented that could curtail corruption!

      • Rajashekhar says:

        It is about time they will all be headed to Tihar jail, that is why they are accusing cji and 17 other judges are controlled by modi!
        Just wait and see!
        As long as Raja Sasha had the majority they successfully obstructed all bills so no new changes were implemented that could curtail corruption!

  3. Prakash R says:

    BJP supporters quote 6 decades of Congress misrule, but they should also remember the growth of India under PVN Rai & Dr. Manmohan Singh, both congressmen. It was Nehru who laid foundation to public sector giants such as BEML, HAL, BHEL, BEL, SAIL, CIL, ONGC, HMT ETC., without which India wouldn’t have been a software exporter. It was not Modi who developed our country to this level. So, let’s not go back to history & keep on blaming congress party. Why not BJP learn & stop corrupt persons contesting from it ? How long BJP wants to indulge in blame game ??

    • NB says:

      Yes, Nehru built those institutions. But because of political intrusions in these industries didn’t even survive for 2 generations. Ask anyone who worked there, will tell you how systematically these institutions disintegrated because of congress culture.

  4. Prabhu says:

    1. Sultan of Oman “Said-bin_taimur” offered port of Gwadar as a gift to India in 1950, but Nehru declined the gift. Later sultan sold it to Pak. Now Pak has given it to China which is used to keep spying and survilence around Persian gulf, centre, and South Asia and check Indian growth
    2. PM Nehru refused to accept kalat《Baloochistan) to merge with India after the king of balooch Ahmed Balooch in 1947.. Later Pak forcefully invaded Baloochistan and occupied in 1948
    3. In 1962 was China attacked north east India and killed over 50000 people . PM Nehru had the audacity to ignore that in aggression and said, not even a blade of grass grows in that barren land, so did not care Later, ULFA BODO nd other groups of North East It did did not want to stay with India as they did it protect them from massacre by the Chinese army.
    4. Nehru gifted the COCO island(Google map q4.13858593.368422) to Burma. Burma gifted it to China to spy on India. China has an airstrip and spy station there working against our nation.
    5. PM Nehru had agreed to give our Hyderabad to Pak, but sardar Patel failed that bid by a planning operation polo -also called Hyderabad Mukhthi Sanghram against Nehru wishes and surrender the NIZAM to India Nehru was very angry at Patel for this move.
    6. USA offered UN permanent seat in 1950, Nehru refused to accept it. Again Russia offered India a perm and seat in UN security council which Nehru refused it again in 1955. And he ensured that China will get that seat. Today, China is blocking every move from India in getting any UN membership.
    7. In 1947, after independence Nepal PM matrika Prasad koirala conveyed his desire to join India, but our PM Nehru rejected the offer
    8. PM nehru gifted the kabo valley Manipu 12000 square km to burma. Now Burma is supporting China
    9. Kashmir issue is the glaring example of his shortsightedness and incompetence. He believed that PAk and Chinese are friends and UN was a fair body! That was the grandest of his illusions and we are suffering every single day because of it!
    10. He was called chacha Nehru by the Indian kids, but it reality he is more of a chacha to Chinese and paki children as more kids have died or destroyed due to paki terrorism!
    As some British newspapers remarked, India never got independence in 1947 and Nehru was the last viceroy who was Indian by Birth. His every dicision was just to please pak or China. Yet Chinese did not support him! It was an one sided love affair! Today, all his failures are coming back to haunt us.
    Nehru hated the nationalists like Patel and Bose and hell bent on pleasing the Muslims and the British that he played so many dirty tricks!
    But the times were favorable, Gandhi was too idealistic to understand the con games of Nehru and media and textbooks praised Nehru and built the grand patriotic image that he never was!
    This day, we see Rahul carrying his DNA and sending emissaries to Pakistan to overthrow Modi !
    Similarly they Rahul and congress trying very hard to make deals with China to bring down the BJP government even during the Doklam crisis. BJP is highly nationalistic and Rahul and his friends can’t tolerate! Just like Nehru could not tolerate Patel and Bose, his great grandson cont tolerate Modi!
    Now, George being a great fan of Nehru has to condemn every move by Modi! No surprise in that! You can watch Modi hatred in every one of his articles! He can’t make us believe that no problems that all problems were because of bjp! All the problems congress created are coming to light under bjp! The truth is now exposed!
    But, if truth be told, congress is the root cause of all the problems India is facing! Especially the Nehru clan!
    Even Rajiv had his share in the Srilanka crisis that he sent Indian army (IPKF) to kill Indians in Srilanka! Congress controlled media always presented their version of the truth! Congress should not have been allowed to continue, but media was under the grip and truth was never told!

  5. syed matheen says:

    Gwadar port comes under baloch area in PAK LOC not oman , you need stop seeing ABP news and AAj TAK.
    Do not just quote unrealistic news or statements like how our PM do, be realistic
    This Fake msg from IT cell is circulating with Bhakth’s since one year.

    • Samir says:

      In a country where even Chief justice can be called a crook, in spite of earning a respectable post by merit , just because it doesnt suit some people, the truth doesn’t exist! Everything I can’t handle is fake ! Afzal guru was not a terrorist while modi is a terrorist! Tippu was a peaceloving emperor! GHAZNI AND Ghori Mohamed built our temples! We can believe anything we want !
      Anything to make us happy!

  6. mysorean says:

    whats wrong with you guys none of you are going to vote based on today’s basic requirements of better infrastructure, education and safety. Why are you blaming Congress or BJP for dividing when you already divided by cast, language, religion and what knows what else.

    • Prakash R says:

      I fully agree with mysorean! As citizens, we are all already divided by caste, religion, language etc.

  7. Rofl Gandhi says:

    Congress National President Rahul Gandhi released its Karnataka State manifesto today and its clearly a trailer of the Anti Hindu stance that Siddaramaiah has so blatantly displayed in the past 5 years. Our team found 7 major promises and announcements in the Congress Manifesto that would be making even Tipu Sultan blush!

    4% reservation to minority Muslims in Government appointments
    Lingayats can Rest in Peace, because after all the theatrics created by the Congress government around declaring Lingayats as a minority religion, they have ended up announcing a startling 4% reservation to the Muslims in Government appointments. Yes, this is not an economic reservation but a desperate attempt on behalf of the Congress to give a green hue to the elections.
    The State government has introduced various developmental schemes to promote and uplift minority communities such as Muslims, Buddhist, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, and Parsis to bring them on par with other communities
    Try searching for the word Hindu or Temples in the Congress Manifesto and well the search results are staggering! ZERO, Yes a big zero is what you get. All religions but “Hinduism” is what the “Janeudhaari” Shri Shri Rahul Gandhi has promised to uplift. What is even more shocking is the fact that Congress is going around thumping its chest claiming that they are a Muslim organization. Asaduddin Owaisi would be facing a serious identity crisis looking at the polarisation that the self proclaimed Brahmin of the nation.
    To reduce the dropouts among 60,000 minority students, we propose construction of 1000 Maulana Azad schools
    Yes, because only children from the Minorities deserve to go to schools, correct? Not schools, but “Maulana Azad” schools for minorities! With 75% literacy rate, the state should be striving to give quality education to all, but Mr, Siddaramaiah and the Shehzaada are willing to give a communal colour even to education and categorically call out 60,000 minority students in a state with over 1 crore children. Don’t be surprised if the holy Quran is made compulsory in all schools.
    We will setup Maulana schools in every taluk
    And it only gets better. Not even in Taluks with high Muslim population, the Maulana schools for minority students will be set up in every Taluk. One might wonder why could it not be just a school, and had to be a Maulana school for minorities, but alas that’s what one can expect from Janeudhaari Muslims.
    Madrasa board will be established to manage affairs of Madrasas regarding employment, self-employment and skilling
    Different surveys have shown that Unemployment is one of the biggest menace being faced by the youth of Karnataka. Mr. Siddaramaiah could have done so much better had a board been set up for administratively solving the issue. But no, employment is only meant for the religions that can be wooed by the “Secular” party.
    Support WAQF by developing their 300 commercially potential properties in the next five years and Constitution of Wakf Properties Development Corporation
    If giving triple the funds to Maulvis as compared to Hindu priests was not sufficient, WAQF support is the next weapon the Congress wants to polarise the peaceful citizens of the state. Under Congress rule, Roti Kapda aur makaan, all of it can be yours as long as you are anyone but a Hindu! Bravo!!
    Soft loans will be provided to minorities to set up quality education institutions through KMDC upto Rs. 5 Crores for those institutions who provide collateral security at 4% interest
    Soft Loans to minorities to setup educational institutions. Dear Siddaramaiah, why don’t you just declare Urdu as the official language for imparting education in the state!
    Insurance Scheme to cover the health and children’s education of minority Auto and Taxi drivers
    Forget education, land, government jobs but Congress has shamelessly gone to the extent of dividing even the united and hardworking auto and taxi drivers, by being partial in giving health insurance and education cover to the children of only Minority Auto and Taxi drivers. What’s next Mr. Rahul Gandhi? So, the next time we take an auto do we need to pay extra basis the religion of the driver?

  8. Prakash R says:

    Congress is not in power now. Let Modi do his magic without wasting time on speeches.

  9. Samir says:

    Yeddi was found corrupt and even modi could not reduce him for jail time! DKShi hone was raided and we say for 3 days a tiny fraction of his loot and his empire was mind boggling, yet under the protection of Congress he is never went to prison but all Congress supporters are screaming that voting for Congress will root out corruption! Have not we seen what Congress did for 6 decades? Does anybody doubt if we vote Congress to power, we will not be returning back to the days of looting and corruption?

  10. syed matheen says:

    So you mean to say to vote for Yeddi team again who looted state and caused a loss of 35,000cr to exchequer, built their own helipad, bought their own helicopters, even gold chairs etc
    You need to look how the current government has performed ?
    Was there any scam ?
    BJP tried best to put Dkshi behind bars, but could not do because everything was in white and black
    Millions of kids are getting nutrients by various schemes in govt school, remember healthy kids means healthy nation, we can afford to have milk everyday but in rural poor people cannot even afford it
    Indira canteen, an excellent scheme for daily labors, middle class and road side vendors, they cannot afford to eat by paying 50rs Thali.
    Many more schemes which introduced for poor not on caste or creed, It was a pro people, stable, controlled, accountable government for 5 years.

    • Anil says:

      DkShivakumar will be in prison! Sooner or later, the law will reach his neck. Law is taking time to catch up! So, we can’t exhanorate him after seeing all the raid videos with roomful of currency notes and jewellery !
      Nobody can say yeddi is a saint, but Congress is very organized in practicing corruption that they make sure they escape, just like they did with 2g!

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