The BJP is contemplating to select former chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda, one of the arch rivals of BS Yeddyurappa, as the new president of the party. BJP national president, Nitin Gadkari, is likely to take the decision after meeting state leaders KS Eshwarappa, Jagadish Shettar, organising secretary of the party BL Santhosh and others in Delhi.
It is said that as caste equation plays a crucial role in the forthcoming assembly elections, BJP is keen on selecting Gowda as he can gather votes from Vokkaligas.
On the other hand former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa who has resigned from BJP’s primary membership and floating a new regional party, Karnataka Janata Party, is a Lingayath leader. Gowda and Yeddyurappa are not in good terms ever since the latter was demanding removal of Gowda from the post of chief minister when he was in the office.
When Yeddyurappa made relentless effort to remove Gowda from the post, many organisations and seers associated with Vokkaliga community backed Gowda and asked BJP not to heed to Yeddyurappa’s demand.
Though, Yeddyurappa was successful in replacing Gowda with Shettar as the chief minister, Gowda emerged as leader identified with Vokkaliga community. Now, BJP wants to exploit the image of Gowda in coming elections which are due for four months.
On the other hand, a section of leaders in the party too are backing Gowda and pressurising party leaders to give him an opportunity to lead the party for the second time.