Have Ananth Kumar’s chances weakened?

Karnataka will have to wait for some more time to find out who would suceed outgoing Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa. Both Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley have been meeting with leaders of the Karnataka BJP all through the day to find out their opinion as to who should be the next Chief Minister. A meeting of the BJP Legislators is scheduled to be held tomorrow at around 11 am following which the name of the new Chief Minister will be announced.
Meanwhile there is resistance from the Yeddyurappa camp since they have now realised that the high command is planning on proposing the name of Ananth Kumar as the next chief minister of Karnataka. There is every indication to show that the high command wants Ananth Kumar as the CM which in turn has made Yeddyurappa up the ante against this candidature.
At least three of Yeddyurappa’s supporters informed that all indications during the talks they held with the senior leaders gave them the indication that the high command was seriously proposing the name of Ananth Kumar. Yeddyurappa and his followers have made it clear to the high command that they are ready to let go of all their demands and conditions if the high command is ready to drop the idea of making Ananth Kumar the Chief Minister. Indications are that Yeddyurappa will do everything to split the party if the high command does not take him seriously where Ananth Kumar is concerned. Under no circumstance should Kumar be made the Chief Minister, the Yeddyurappa camp has warned and if the high command does not heed to their request then the BJP in Karnataka will head for a split, the consequences of which only the high command will be responsible for.
The leaders from New Delhi did try their best to pacify the Yeddyurappa camp, but none of them were in any mood to listen. With this resistence, the chances of Ananth Kumar have gone down considerably and it would be interesting to see what the high command would do tomorrow when the BJP legislators meet. The Yeddyurappa camp have also submitted a memorandum to the BJP leaders with 60 signatures stating that a scam tainted Ananth Kumar should not be made the CM at any cost.
While the high command is now exploring the option of making Jagadish Shettar the next Chief Minister, the Yeddyurappa camp continues to insist that either Sadanand Gowda or K S Eshwarappa be made the CM. Sources in the BJP say that the chances of both these leaders are now bright and it would be seen what the legislators do when they meet tomorrow.
If there is no further confusion then the legislators would meet by 11 am tomorrow following which Yeddyurappa will tender his resignation at around 1 PM. Lobbying and meetings of BJP leaders and various other factions within the party will continue till late in the night. There is a clear split one can see in the state BJP at the moment although leaders insist there is no difference what so ever. The Ananth Kumar and the Yeddyurappa faction leaders are meeting seperately to decide on the future course of action. Yeddyurappa’s supporters are rallying behind him and all through the day they have been conveying the message that Yeddyurappa is sending out. Yeddyurappa in fact has sent a strong message to the high command stating that he will let go, but he will have his way at the end of it.

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BJP drama drags on

The drama in Bangalore over the resignation of Chief Minizter continues and so far there is absoljtely no solution. BJP state President told the media a while ago that he is hopeful of a decision by tomorrow and also added that the high command would take the opinion of the MLAs before making a final call.
BJP leaders, Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh along with other senior leaders continued to meet with various factions in the BJP, Karnataka to find a solution to the ongoing crisis. Yeddyurappa has made it clear to them he will not be stepping down immediately unless some of this demands have been met. Sources say that he has changed a couple of his demands and says that a candidate of his should at least be made the Deputy Chief Minister while he should be given the post of party president in the state. However there is opposition in some circles to appointing a deputy chief minister. However Eshwarappa who is also a hopeful for the post of Chief Minister said that he is unaware of any such demands. There may be demands, but the high command has not conveyed anything to me about that.
All MLAs will give their opinions about this issue to the party seniors tomorrow and I can say with confidence that there is no split in the party as is being made out to be. Every family has its own problems and we are having some too today. However I am confident that we will tide over this crisis with ease, he also said. Yeddyurappa is a good leader and he has a lot of regard for the party. I am sure he will not go against the decision of the high command. This statement is completely contrary to what the Yeddyurappa followers have been saying. They continue to rally behind Yeddyurappa and say that the high command must reconsider its decision since the Lokayukta report is biased and does not make out a strong case against the JD(S) and the Congress who are also involved in illegal mining. Eshwarappa was however not critical of the Lokayukta report. He said on several ocassions the opposition has demanded the resignation of Yeddyurappa, but the party never inisisted that he quit. We had however said that any leader would have to step down in case of an inditement by a court or the Lokayukta in any inquiry and hence this time the party high command has sought his resignation. He was however quick to add that despite the Lokayukta naming Dharam Singh in his first report, the Congress colluded with the Governor and got his name cleared when the matter was referred to the latter. The BJP has however not done anything to that effect, he added.
Meanwhile the BJP leaders from Delhi have their task cut out and they continue to meet with various leaders seeking their opinion. The discussions revolve largely round the resignation of Yeddyurappa and they are treading cautiously since it appears that Yeddyurappa would try and split the party by showing his strength with the number of MLAs he has got. There is also a growing demand by the anti Yeddyurappa faction who have been saying that the CM should step down or else the high command should initiate disciplinary action against him. Each of the factions have been claiming the support of 70 MLAs each despite the strenght of the BJP being just 121 in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
The high command has its task cut out and once they manage to resolve the Yeddyurappa issue they will need to look into the charges levelled by the Lokayukta against the Reddy brothers and their aide B Sriramulu. However there is not a word on that in the BJP circles since the entire focus is on the Chief Minister. B Sriramulu even issued a statement in which he said that there is no instruction from the high command for him to step down, but also added that he is ready to do so if the party demands.
There are at least four different meetings that are taking place in Bangalore. While Ananth Kumar and his men are in a seperate meeting, the Chief Minister has just returned to his official residence after meeting with the party leaders. On the other hand Singh and Jaitley held a meeting with Shobha Karandlage to take her views on the crisis. The same leaders also met with Eshwarappa with the same purpose. Party sources say that there should be some decision by tomorrow following which the legislature party meeting would be held. However it would all depend on whether they can convince Yeddyurappa to step down and unless he does, there will be no progress in this matter at all.

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