No Yeddy at Tumkur mutt
It looks like it would be an all out Congress affair at the 105th birthday celebrations of Shivkumar Swami the head of the Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur. The Bharatiya Janata Party leadership which came to power with the support of the Lingayat vote bank in the state will stay away from the celebrations to be held tomorrow.
B S Yeddyurappa who had found every solution in the Siddaganga Mutt has made it clear that he would stay away from the celebrations. However he did not make it obvious that he is staying away because Sonia’s presence. I have some prior engagements, Yeddyurappa said. In fact Yeddyurappa and his men had two weeks back expressed unhappiness over the huge Congress presence at the mutt, but they were told that it was too late to cancel as they had already committed to the Congress supremo taking part in the function.
Chief Minister D Sadananda Gowda too has not confirmed his participation in the event. He is expected to make some announcement later tonight.
Sonia Gandhi will arrive in Karnataka tonight at 9 PM and will take part in the programme tomorrow at the mutt in Tumkur. She is also expected to visit a drought hit village and inter act with the residents over there.
The BJP has been saying that she is visiting the mutt only to garner the support of the Lingayats who are a deciding factor in every election in the state.