Former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has no plans to upset the ruling BJP’s applecart, at least for the time being. This has come as a pleasant surprise to top leaders of the state BJP including Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda and party president K.S. Eshwarappa who were bracing for a ‘pitched battle’ with the veteran Lingayat leader once he emerged from jail on bail and tried to re-establish his dominance in the organisation .
In fact, Mr Yeddyurappa has reportedly assured both Mr Gowda and Mr Eshwarappa that they could continue till their respective terms was over. His revelations came at a meeting with the CM at his residence, Krishna, on Wednesday. BJP organizing secretary Santhosh and RSS leader Sathish were also present at the meeting which saw Mr Yeddyurappa making it amply clear that he did not intend to challenge the present leadership and was more keen on reorganising the party base in Karnataka.
More surprising for them was the fact that Mr Yeddyurappa had turned philosophical after his return from prison and spoke at length about how meditation in jail had helped him overcome many problems. He also placed before them a detailed road map for the party for the next 14 months after which general elections are due in the state.
The former CM is firm on organising a series of rallies in the state and wants Eshwarappa, Ananth Kumar and leaders from all communities to accompany him, sources said, adding that he would make a determined bid to return to power only after the next general elections. When Mr Eshwarappa asked him about statements made by his loyalist, excise minister M.P. Renukacharya that BSY should be made state president, the ex-CM smiled and asked the party chief to ignore Renukacharya. “I will take care of him. He is a staunch follower and sometimes shoots off his mouth. We should not take these issues seriously,’’ he said.
Mr Yeddyurappa also discussed the cases pending against him and said he was confident of emerging clean in all the scams before the next election. During the discussion, Yeddyurappa also spoke a lot about the power of meditation, sources said. Though he is a regular walker, meditation seems to have done wonders for him. He told his party colleagues that he was planning to continue meditation regularly, even at the cost of skipping his morning walk. The leaders also found it surprising that BSY, who is known to flare up during an argument, was unusually calm and did not lose his temper, sources added.