New Delhi: In a potentially concerning development for the ruling BJP in Karnataka, a mysterious letter has surfaced, criticising Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s style of functioning and accusing him of favouring his family members. Also Read - Karnataka CM Yediyurappa Expands Cabinet, 10 BJP MLAs Take Oath
The letter surfaced after a late-night meeting held at the residence of former Chief Minister and BJP leader Jagadish Shettar, who currently holds the Large and Medium Industries portfolio in the Yediyurappa cabinet. Also Read - ‘All 17 Rebel MLAs to Join BJP on Thursday,’ Says Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa
Further, the letter states that at the age of 77, the Chief Minister should become a ‘guide’ for the party and not be active in electoral politics. “He should be given the Governor’s post,” the letter adds.
However, the most explosive allegation made against Yediyurappa is of favouring his family members and not allowing anyone else to grow. The MLAs are said to be upset with his son Vijayendra becoming the ‘super Chief Minister.’
Another cause of the MLA’s anger is said to be the induction of rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, whose rebellion last year led to the collapse of the coalition government in the state and the BJP coming to power, in the Yediyurappa cabinet. They had joined the BJP in November, just a day after the Supreme Court ruled that they could contest the December 5 bypolls in the state.
The BJP won the bypolls, winning 12 out of 15 seats, thus turning its narrow majority in the House to a big one.