New Delhi: With the Supreme Court allowing a CBI probe into his role in illegal allotment of mining leases in Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa, who has been fighting to be reinstated as chief minister, faces an uncertain political future.
Yeddyurappa, who is known to command the support of his powerful Lingayat community, is in a spot after the apex court found it necessary to order a CBI probe into the allegations against him.
The timing could not have been worse for the Shimoga strongman as it comes days after his supporters renewed efforts to make things difficult for incumbent Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda.
Although, Gowda has been facing repeated pinpricks, the latest trigger being a ‘secret’ letter written by Gowda to party president Nitin Gadkari complaining about indiscipline and anti-party activities of Yeddyurappa supporters.
Matters escalated, yesterday, after over a dozen legislators demanded an emergent legislature party meet to discuss party affairs and other issues, but Gowda plainly rejected the demand.
"The letter written by Chief Minister and state party chief K S Eswarappa to the National Party President Nitin Gadkari accusing some MLAs of indulging in anti-party activities has pained several legislators and lakhs of workers," the legislators said in a letter to Gowda.
However, the fact of the matter is that Yeddyurappa has been asked by the central leadership of the BJP to come clean in corruption cases against him before he is again considered for the top post.
And with him facing a CBI probe, his dream to once again control Karnataka may remain just that, a dream.