BJP to Formally Invite Yeddyurappa Tomorrow? - The New Indian Express

BJP to Formally Invite Yeddyurappa Tomorrow?

Published: 01st January 2014 08:22 AM

Last Updated: 01st January 2014 08:22 AM

Former chief minister and KJP president B S Yeddyurappa is expected to get a formal invitation from BJP leadership to return to the saffron party on Thursday.

A delegation of State BJP leaders, led by BJP national general secretary and Bangalore South MP H N Ananth Kumar is likely to meet Yeddyurappa on Thursday and extend a formal invitation for him to return to the                party.

“The party would have been happy to do that on January 1, but could not do so as it happens to be amavasya, which is considered inauspicious,” senior BJP leader told Express.

Yeddyurappa had already announced his decision to return to the BJP in the New Year. Now, it is the turn of the BJP leadership to reciprocate his gesture by extending a warm invitation to the KJP supremo.

“Ananth Kumar is likely to lead the delegation to Yeddyurappa’s residence to convey a strong message of burying the old bitter happenings between these two leaders in the past,” sources said.

Yeddyurappa would be formally inducted into the party at a mega public rally after Sankranti festival, they added.

KSE Welcomes             BSY to BJP

Meanwhile, BJP leader and former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa welcomed KJP president B S Yeddyurappa’s decision to return to the party fold and expressed confidence of defeating ruling Congress in the coming Lok Sabha election.

Congress could win in the last assembly election due to split (caused by Yeddyurappa’s exit) in the BJP, he told reporters in Madhurai after offering puja at the temple of Goddess Sri Meenakshmi Amman along with his family members.

He said Yedyurappa had expressed his wish to join the BJP with the sole goal of making Narendra Modi the Prime Minister.

Eshwarappa, also a former state unit BJP president, said he was confident that the party would win 22 out 28 Lok Sabha  constituencies in Karnataka.

‘Modi Wave Across Country’

Maintaining that a “Modi wave” was blowing across the country, he said after the victory of the BJP in three states, the Gujarat Chief Minister’s popularity had increased.

Yeddyurappa, credited with leading the BJP to forming its first ever government in the south in Karnataka, had on Monday said in Shimoga that he would return to the party which he had deserted to form the                             KJP more than a year             ago. 

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