25 October, 2020

The Tripwire Setters

The BJP banks on a swoosh of an election run in the state. Will these two men's rivalry foul it up?

The Tripwire Setters
A Shadow Fight Gets Projected To The Top

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa has communicated the following concerns to the BJP top brass:
  • His rival BJP national general secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar has constantly tried to "destabilise" his government and marginalise his party presence
  • The "caucus" led by Ananth Kumar is constantly "conspiring" against his government. Among those who belong to the caucus are some senior leaders, like former Union minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, former state unit chief B.V. Shivappa, former Lok Sabha deputy speaker S. Mallikarjunaiah, and MPs K.B. Shanappa and Prahalad Joshi.
  • Karunakar and Janardhan Reddy, the powerful brothers from Bellary who helped the BJP in the last assembly elections, have also turned against him
  • Ananth Kumar has been "clever enough" to avoid a direct fight. But his supporters, to the party's detriment, go public with the group's grievances.


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