While the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre was bogged down by issues of price rise, inflation and coalgate, the main Opposition, the BJP had its own troubles to deal with. The party saw its national president Nitin Gadkari embroiled in a major scandal which has almost rendered his second term as the party’s chief untenable. After dubious funding was suspected in Gadkari’s Purti Power and Sugar Ltd, the government decided to probe the allegations.
Gadkari faced more trouble after its Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani took everyone by surprise by demanding his resignation over the slew of allegations of corruption against him. This after the maverick lawyer had openly pitched for Narendra Modi as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. BJP’s parliamentary board subsequently suspended Jethmalani from party’s primary membership but not before the damage was done.
The BJP found its southern bastion breached after former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa launched the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).