8th June, 2021
The internal strife between Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka has become such a knot for the BJP that if it is not resolved completely soon, it can also become a knot. In fact, in the last one year, more damage is being done to the party from the internal camp than the opposition in these two states. Karnataka, the only BJP state in the south, has become more embroiled in it because ministers and MLAs have been openly fueling the controversy. It is believed that if the central leadership does not control the situation in time, then the same situation may come as it happened with the Congress three decades ago and never again the Congress could win the trust of the most influential Lagayat community of the state.
There is again a denial of any leadership change in Madhya Pradesh, but in Karnataka, the situation is a bit different. There, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa himself has to make it clear time and again that he has the confidence of the leadership and after every two to four days, news of change is made from inside the party, but no action is taken against such people.
Keep in mind that both are important states for the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2024. Assembly elections are due in Karnataka in May 2023 and in Madhya Pradesh in January 2024. In such a situation, if the dispute continues, then the trouble of BJP may increase. Party sources believe that before the assembly elections, an exercise is going on in Karnataka to establish the future, but the problem is that efforts are also being made to get out of the rut.
For a long time, BJP has been coordinating the responsibility of the state in the form of Yeddyurappa by keeping the Brahmins at the center, first through Ananth Kumar and now Pralhad Joshi. Anyway, so far only two Brahmins have become chief ministers in the state - Gundu Rao and Ramakrishna Hegde. While the Congress is still paying the damages for the removal of Lingayat leader Virendra Patil, who won the biggest victory in 1989. At that time, under the leadership of Virendra Patil, the Congress got 178 seats in the 224-seat assembly. He was removed overnight by the then Congress President Rajiv Gandhi. Patil opposed it, but Congress did not agree. Congress got 34 seats in the elections held five years later. Since then the Congress has not been able to get the confidence of a large part of the Lagayat.
It is true that efforts are being made to find an alternative for Yeddyurappa, who has reached the age of eighty by the time of elections, but experts say that the way Yeddyurappa is being repeatedly attacked personally, the goodwill of the community may be lost. . Not only this, the unwarranted BJP will have to find an alternative that not only accepts Yeddyurappa, but is also his choice. Keep in mind that after accepting his resignation in 2011, BJP changed two chief ministers, but both failed. The BJP was badly defeated in 2013 after Yeddyurappa quit the party.
After the return of Yeddyurappa, the BJP again became the single largest party in 2018. In such a situation, even if the BJP wants to bring any change in the equation, it will have to take full care that the key of Lingayat is not lost. It is worth mentioning that at present the Congress is known for its backward caste leadership, JDS Vogaligga and BJP leadership from Lingayat community. The party may have to adjust to the bottom before reshuffling it, or else the only fortress in the south may be weakened.
Party sources believe that on the same lines, the leaders of Madhya Pradesh will also have to accept that the current Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh is the first on the standard of activism and popularity.
Category: India: Politics