New Delhi/Bangalore: The BJP was on Sunday struggling to save its government in Karnataka, as former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa slammed his successor and party leaders while praising Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, who succeeded Yeddyurappa in August, met BJP president Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Sunday to seek an early decision on ending the rebellion he is facing from the former chief minister and his supporters.
In Bangalore, state BJP chief KS Eshwarappa tried to placate Yeddyurappa, who earlier in the day called Gowda a “traitor” and compared him to “the devil quoting the scriptures”. Eshwarappa met Yeddyurappa at his residence and assured him that the party was standing by him in the wake of Friday’s Supreme Court order for a CBI probe into corruption charges against him.
The assurance came as earlier in the day at a public function Yeddyurappa complimented Sonia Gandhi for standing by her party leaders whenever allegations were levelled against them.
Describing the former CM as “our leader”, Eshwarappa told reporters after the meeting that “Yeddyurappaji has certain grievances. The problem will be resolved in a day or two”.
In New Delhi, Gowda declined to react to Yeddyurappa’s attack on him. He also downplayed the former CM praising Sonia. “I do not think he praised Sonia Gandhi,” Gowda told reporters in New Delhi.
As part of the pressure tactics Yeddyurappa on Saturday secured the resignation of at least seven ministers loyal to him. Legislators supporting him are claiming that at least 40 of BJP’s 120 legislators in the 225-member Karnataka assembly will also give their resignation letters to Yeddyurappa in the next two days.