BELGAUM: The BJP legislators of Belgaum district seem to be maintaing a safe distance from former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, as only five out of the 11 legislators from the district were present in the programmes attended by him on Saturday.
MLAs Prahlad Remani, Duryodhan Aihole, Suresh Marihal and Jagadish Metgud were present in Yeddyurappa’s first programme at MK Hubli, while Abhay Patil joined the list in the programme held in Belagum. Only Metgud was with Yeddyurappa in the last programme held late night at Mukhtimath.
It was Yeddyurappa’s second tour of the district after he resigned
Except, Raju Kage, Abhay Patil and Balchandra Jarkiholi, all other legislators were with him in his first visit in the last week of December. The absence of Minister Laxman Savadi, Duryodhan Aihole and Vishwanath Mamani, who were considered as staunch followers of Yeddyurappa showed that a few more legislators may stay away from him in future.
Khanapur MLA Prahlad Remani and Belgaum Rural MLA Sanjay Patil are also expected to change their loyalty towards the power holder group as they won the polls for various reasons and not because of the Yeddyurappa factor.
Abhay Patil has been considered as a strong supporter of Anantkumar and Kage and Jarkiholi never supported Yeddyurappa, as they were dismissed from their membership for raising voices against his leadership. Both Kage and Jarkiholi, along with nine other legislators, who were disqualified along with them, held a meeting at Jarkiholi’s residence and decided to meet the party’s national leaders in New Delhi and urge not to make any changes in the state government and in the party as well.The party leaders of the district were also not interested in Yeddyurappa, as only few welcome banners and hoarding were seen in the city.
BSY Ambitious at Becoming CM
Yeddyurappa expressed his desire of becoming the chief minister again. He sought the blessings of Lingayat Matadishas in this regard. After participating in a function here on Sunday, he expressed his ambition for the third time and urged heads of mutts to bless him.