BJP owes its victory to Modi magic, but can’t ignore B S Yeddyurappa

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 May 2018 08:37:03



By Nirendra Dev,


IN the history of corridors of power play in Bengaluru, B S Yeddyurappa’s name will be in the pages of mortals anointed with some kind of immortality. Once hailed for steering BJP’s victory in 2008, his name incidentally had turned synonymous with corruption vis-a-vis power politics. Yet he turns into a saviour for the BJP.

Credited and lauded for steering BJP to the victory in 2008 in Karnataka with a victory of 110 seats in 224-member Assembly, his party today owes it to the ‘tallest Lingayat leader’ yet again for bringing back the saffron outfit to power in the State.

Nevertheless, at the time of glory all the credit have been heaped on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who for his part, however, had shown confidence in 75-year-old aging former Chief Minister - who had to bow out of office for being jailed on corruption charges. Certainly things have not been so smooth for Yeddyurappa. His alleged involvement in corruption during first stint as Chief Minister remains a permanent scar on his image.

The Karnataka Lokayukta investigating the illegal mining case submitted had indicted him for illegally profiteering from land deals in Bangalore and Shimoga. He was also charged in connection with the illegal iron ore export scam in Bellary, Tumkur and Chitradurga districts and following intense pressure from the BJP central leadership, he had resigned as Chief Minister on July 31.