Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Necessary Truce

Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yedyurappa (BSY) announced that by the end of the week, he will be merging his KJP with his parent body, the BJP, thus ending a year's separation of the Lingayat strongman that cost the BJP dearly in the 2012 Assembly elections.

The merger however, is not because conditions in the BJP have become favourable again - in fact, they have barely changed since the time he was forced to leave. With one exception: Narendra Modi now holds effective control over the Central leadership and is keen to get BSY back in order to win prevent votes from being split again in the BJP's southern bastion. With the saffron party expected to do well in neighbouring Telangana, this could present an added chance to consolidate the party as it tries to breach Tamil Nadu with the help of the firebrand MDMK.

This arrangement is out of sheer necessity, with the KJP having failed to dent the ruling Congress or the JD(S) but hurting the BJP very badly, a situation that the long-time RSS member BSY would not like to continue. He will however, be forced to build his way back up the ranks of the Karnataka BJP as he fights factions opposed to him. And that is where a little help from NaMo will do him good - an opportune time to return to the party fold. 

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