Karnataka BJP loyalists upset over decision to welcome leaders from other parties

Bengaluru, May 10 (IANS): The decision of the BJP top brass to invite leaders from other political parties as a strategy to gain upper hand in the 2023 Assembly elections has upset the loyal party men in Karnataka.

Sources in the party said that within the party loyal workers are expressing their dissatisfaction over the preference being given to leaders from other parties and they are now questioning the seniors. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai after the recently held Assembly elections in five states said that many leaders from opposite parties have approached the BJP. Bommai also stated that they were being told to join the party at an appropriate time. This has caused heart burns in the loyalist group.

Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman Basavaraj Horatti joined the BJP last week during Union Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Karnataka. Senior Congress leader Pramod Madhwaraj, former MLC Sandesh Nagaraj, former MLA's Varthur Prakash and Manjunath Gowda have joined the party recently.

Former Rajya Sabha member K.B. Krishnamurthy, former minister S.T. Jayaram's son Ashok Jayaram from Mandya and former IRS officer Lakshmi Ashwin Gowda have also joined the BJP. Both are from the Janata Dal (Secular).

The workers are upset that more than a dozen leaders were inducted into the BJP through 'Operation Lotus' in 2019. The party is all set to invite more leaders into its fold from the Congress and JD(S).

Many leaders, who have come to the BJP, had openly criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi and their videos are still available on social media platforms. The BJP loyalists are expressing their helplessness saying that they will have to work for them also.

The move for the inclusion of Pramod Madhwaraj, a powerful leader from coastal Karnataka, is described as a blow to the Congress and the party workers are upset, according to sources.

The inclusion of the Legislative Council Chairman Basavaraj Horatti has already triggered a war of words among the BJP leaders of north Karnataka. The party workers are questioning the leaders that, if leaders from outside are preferred, why they should put in efforts for party ideologies and take risks.

The party workers are ridiculing the move by saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn't mean by Congress Mukt Bharat that BJP started inviting the Congress leaders into the party at the cost of loyalists.

However, party sources claimed that it is necessary to achieve a majority in the Assembly elections as the BJP till date has failed to attain a simple majority in the General Assembly elections till date.








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  • Af,,,, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 11 2022

    Why not next CM is from uttar pradesh, anyway these party is sold out to north Indians.

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  • Raj, Karkala

    Wed, May 11 2022

    Soon BJP will be full of Congress leaders..and BJP will be lead by Congress. Right approach haha..

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Wed, May 11 2022

    Congress and JDS. Original members of BJP will kick from Party.

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  • Aham, Mangalore

    Wed, May 11 2022

    What else will thry do when there are no able leaders in bjp, they have to poach leaders from congress.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, May 10 2022

    Real risk for the brand of BJP being a right wing party. BJP has one and only one differentiation from Congress viz., no dynastic ambitions at the top. But everywhere else (Yeddy, and I am sure many more soon) it is thriving. Congress could not assure this, as it believed in democracy by the rulers and not for the masses - basically continuation of how British managed the Jewel in the crown by striking agreements with princely states. I hope BJP does not make the same mistake and learn from History.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Tue, May 10 2022

    BJP workers are like tissue paper.. just use and throw kind ! Best part is, nobody dares to question their party high command decision, so their leaders can take any decision. Party workers follow their call like bakraas!!!

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Tue, May 10 2022

    BJP mukth Bharat start from Karnataka

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 10 2022

    BJP lacks governance skills so take people from other parties to make pucca kichdi party.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, May 10 2022

    Good..resist to the fullest... pramod madhwaraj should bite the dust

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, May 10 2022

    I think before 2023 election , they will surely invite DKS, Siddaramayya, HDK. No doubt .

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  • Vinayaka, Mangalore

    Tue, May 10 2022

    Yes, Loyalist will be disappointed for sure. But the strange fact is all the disappointment will vanish in 2 days and they start supporting the politician for elections, And the politician will make fortunes from the hard earned taxpayers money and the sweat of the party workers. But I don't understand why the party workers don't understand the games of the politicians ? Why don't they understand that the communal issues are brought up only during elections ? Its time for us to think about this and bring up a educated, eligible, dynamic independent candidate for elections. The candidate should be selected based on people's choice. We have many such eligible people in our state. We need to bring a change.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, May 10 2022

    Very soon an outsider will become CM of Karnataka ...

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