1. Karnataka elections: BJP central leadership backs BS Yeddyurappa as party’s chief ministerial face even as faction feud rages

Karnataka elections: BJP central leadership backs BS Yeddyurappa as party’s chief ministerial face even as faction feud rages

After removing two leaders each from both the factions, one led by the former chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president BS Yeddyurappa and former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa, the party has made it clear who its chief ministerial candidate will be in the upcoming polls.

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BS Yeddyurappa, K S Eshwarappa, P Muralidhar Rao, Karnataka After removing two leaders each from both the factions, one led by the former chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president BS Yeddyurappa and former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa, the party has made it clear who its chief ministerial candidate will be in the upcoming polls.

Karnataka elections: After removing two leaders each from both the factions, one led by the former chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president BS Yeddyurappa and former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa, the party has made it clear who its chief ministerial candidate will be in the upcoming polls. According to The Indian Express, BJP at the centre has made it clear that the chief ministerial face for the upcoming assembly elections will be none other than Yeddyurappa even as it sent a warning to his faction not to indulge in public fights. The party wants to avoid a public face-off ahead of the elections that may cost it dear.

Also, in order to quell the feud between the two factions, party general secretary P Muralidhar Rao was sent to Bangalore. He was expected to discuss the issue and try to thrash out a workable solution with both the leaders. Meanwhile, as reported by The Indian Express, the central leadership might call the two leaders to Delhi and cement the issue well in the time ahead of the campaigning.

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Talking about the central leadership plans, a leader involved in the state unit said “The central leadership has clarified that there will not be any change in the state leadership… that there is no scope for change,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying. He further said, “Yeddyurappa is the most popular leader in the state and the party wants to ensure that he gets all the support in his efforts to bring in a BJP government in the state.”

The Indian Express reported another senior leader as saying,“Even those in Eshwarappa camp would agree that he is the most popular leader.”

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