Will Yeddyurappa return?

December 27 2015

An unprecedented loss in Bihar elections has forced Modi to change his strategy. Earlier, in the first phase of his political rise, he preferred to put his stakes only on faces that had a clean image. It didn’t matter if the regional satraps were facing ignominy; for instance, Manoharlal Khattar in Haryana, Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra, and Raghubar Das in Jharkhand. But sources say that in future elections, Modi’s intentions are to field only faces that stand a chance to win. In this, the first name to appear is the biggest Lingayat political leader from Karnataka – B S Yeddyurappa, who has recently been buried by the high court related to criminal cases against him. It seems the Modi-Shah duo is ready to put its stake on Yeddurappa in the coming Karnataka Assembly elections in 2018. That is because in the past two elections, the saffron party has had to face defeat in the absence of Yeddurappa. The Congress is in power in Karnataka at the moment and the public seems to be pretty upset with it. Another prominent power in Karnataka politics, Deve Gowda’s JDS, also seems to be on the verge of a split and several leaders are ready to change their party. Sources say a few days ago, Modi had clearly told his Cabinet minister and party’s veteran leader Ananth Kumar that he should stop meddling with Karnataka politics now, and should focus completely on politics in Delhi. Sources also say that Modi has also promised Ananth a meaty ministry; thus, in the next Cabinet reshuffle, he might get a crucial ministry such as telecom.

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