Several seers and leaders of the dominant neighborhood, which is estimated to type about 16 per cent of the states inhabitants, have cautioned the BJP in opposition to any transfer to dislodge the 78-year-old Lingayat strongman from the Chief Minister’s publish.
The Veerashaiva-Lingayat neighborhood is thought of to be the BJP’s core assist base.
With a brand new spherical of hypothesis on whether or not alternative of Yediyurappa is not far away, senior Congress chief and the pinnacle of the All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha, Shamanur Shivashankarappa, mentioned the neighborhood is behind the Chief Minister.
“They (BJP management) ought to bear in mind history– S Nijalingappa, Veerendra Patil, J H Patel and S R Bommai (all former Chief Ministers). They will destroy themselves if they try such a factor,” Shivashankarappa mentioned in response to a query on experiences that BJP is mulling changing Yediyurappa.
Stating that the neighborhood needs him to proceed because the Chief Minister, he mentioned Yediyurappa has constructed the celebration from scratch.
“Veerashaiva Mahasabha is behind him…so long as Yediyurappa is there, they (BJP) will likely be there. If Yediyurappa is disturbed, issues will finish there,” he mentioned.
Another outstanding Congress chief from the Lingayat neighborhood and former Minister M B Patil has warned that the BJP might face the wrath of Lingayats, if they “ailing deal with” a tall chief like Yediyurappa.
“BJP ought to worth the contribution of Yediyurappa and deal with him with dignity. This is my private opinion, understanding that the proposed modifications could also be inner issues of the BJP,” he mentioned.
However, the assertion by senior Congress leaders, popping out within the open, in assist of Yediyurappa is seen as an try to reinforce their clout in the neighborhood by attracting his Veerashaiva-Lingayat assist base in the direction of themselves.
Several outstanding seers from the neighborhood like Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, head of the Chitradurga-based Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra Mutt, Sri Veera Someshwara Shivacharya Swami of Rambhapuri Peetha of Balehonnur, and Srisaila Jagadguru Channa Siddharama Panditaradhya have additionally favoured Yediyurappa’s continuation, whereas warning the BJP.
Veera Someshwara Shivacharya Swami mentioned any transfer to exchange Yediyurappa may have “large penalties” for the BJP.
“Friction is frequent in politics, let anybody say something, however now we have confidence that B S Yediyurappa will proceed because the Chief Minister and full the time period.If there are any shortcomings on this, it’s going to have large penalties for the celebration,” he mentioned.
Yediyurappa has assist from folks throughout events and communities for his environment friendly work throughout floods and COVID, even at this age, the seer mentioned.
“I’ve confidence that the nationwide management (of BJP) won’t permit it (CM alternative),” he added.
Murugha Sharanaru mentioned Yediyurappa is among the many nice statesmen-politicians that the state has seen, and he is a power.
“Yediyurappa could also be Lingayat by start, however he is a mass chief who can take all of the communities collectively. Nothing ought to occur that impacts the dignity of a tall Lingayat chief like him.He has grown from grassroot stage and functioned successfully throughout COVID, and his continuation is the want of numerous pontiffs, folks, organisations and political leaders throughout celebration traces,” he added.
Siddharama Panditaradhya mentioned, “Yediyurappa could also be previous, however he is nonetheless working.He needs to be allowed to proceed.”
Yediyurappa is identified for having supplied beneficiant grants to mutts and non secular establishments throughout his earlier time period as Chief Minister, and thereby has earned their belief, in line with some analysts.
Recently amid hypothesis about his alternative, Yediyurappa’s youthful son and state BJP Vice President B Y Vijayendra had held a collection of conferences with outstanding Veerashaiva-Lingayat seers, which had raised eyebrows in political circles.
Siddharama Panditaradhya swamiji and Veera Someshwara Shivacharya Swami had even paid a go to to Yediyurappa’s house in Shivamogga, just lately.
However, Yediyurappa’s principal detractors are additionally from inside the neighborhood.
Disgruntled BJP MLAs Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and Arvind Bellad, who’re mentioned to be amongst these on the forefront of the efforts which have been on for a while now looking for for CM’s alternative, belong to the Veerashaiva-Lingayat neighborhood.
The neighborhood, which owes allegiance to the twelfth century social reform motion initiated by Basaveshwara, has a considerable inhabitants in Karnataka, particularly within the northern components of the state.
The politically influential neighborhood is thought of to have a big presence in about 140 of the whole 224 meeting constituencies within the state, and decisive in about 90 seats, in line with political observers.