BENGALURU: BS Yeddyurappa has returned to officially take charge as the Karnataka chief for BJP as hundreds mobbed the best known state faces in the party.
The former Karnataka chief minister has evaded numerous controversies as well as corruption allegations to take control of a post that he has previously held three times. He said that he has been clearly briefed by PM Modi.
“Our aim is to get absolute majority in the next election. That is the target they have given us,” said Mr Yeddyurappa. In the year 2012, he quit BJP but came back to the party about a year later. During his time away, he launched a party that spoiled the BJP in assembly elections, paving way for the Congress to win.
He takes over but the leaders within the party have not failed to fall in line. For instance, the Union minister, Kumar Ananth, said that “This is the fourth time he is becoming president of the party unit. In 2008 he brought BJP to power, first ever time in south India. I think he will repeat the performance in 2018.”
Mr. Yeddyurappa became the first chief minister for BJP in south India and there is no any party leader who has been able to command a following that equals his. That may be the reason BJP opted to ignore the corruption charges that are still pending as much as the court has scrapped about 21 cases that face him.
The Congress-man Karnataka chief minister, Siddaramaiah, has made indications that he may appeal to the court to review its decisions about the cases against Mr. Yeddyurappa.