Bangalore : On saturday the BJP made it clear to the KJP leader B S Yeddyurappa that if he had to rejoin the party which he quit recently, he has to approch with a written request.
Sources said the BJPs decision was aimed at scuttling any plans by the KJP leader to put conditions for his return.
“The party had not sent him (Yeddyurappa) out. He himself had quit. Hence, let the proposal to rejoin the party come from him. Then the party will take a decision,” BJP general secretary in charge of Karnataka Thawarchand Gehlot told reporters after the meeting of State BJP core committee.
He said the core committee members discussed the issue of the KJP leaders return to the party. State party chief Pralhad Joshi raised the issue, saying that a section of the partys leaders had approached him in this regard. But it was decided that the proposal should first come from Yeddyurappa.
Sadananda Gowda, who is leading the group to bring Yeddyurappa back, is learnt to have suggested that it would be better to take the opinion of party legislators on the issue. State BJP leaders are divided over getting the KJP leader back into the party fold. A majority of core-committee members are said to be against Yeddyurappas return.
The core committee decision was seen a minor victory to the group that is against Yeddyurappas return, because Yeddyurappa will not be in a position to place any condition for his re-entry if he himself makes the proposal. There are chances of Yeddyurappa placing demands if the party shows eagerness to re-induct him.
May boost prospects
Asked whether the partys national election campaign committee chairman Narendra Modi is in favour of Yeddyurappas return, Gehlot said individual opinions are not important. If Yeddyurappa submits a proposal, the party parliamentary board will take an appropriate decision.
Sadananada Gowda said there was confusion among party workers. If the party fails to take a decision at the earliest, it will have a bearing on the election results next year. “I am neither batting nor bowling in favour of Yeddyurappa. I am not on anybodys side. I am on the partys side, and the partys interest is most important for me,” he stated. Ananth Kumar, who is an arch-rival of Yeddyurappa, parried all questions on the issue. When contacted, KJP leader Dhananjay Kumar also declined to react.
It is in the interest of the party if a decision is taken on the issue at the earliest.
said D V Sadananda Gowda.
The way he (Yeddyurappa) decided to quit the party, he should take the decision on
said K S Eshwarappa
The party should respectfully urge him to come back to its fold. Is this a business where an application should be submitted?, said D B Chandre Gowda