Burden of promise weighing heavily on ruling BJP as leaders who came aboard unhappy

Bangalore, September 21 (IANS): The ruling BJP in Karnataka is a worried bunch, as those who have joined it from other parties have expressed dissatisfaction with the treatment they have received in the state party.

BJP leaders had made big promises to these leaders when they left their respective Congress and JD(S) parties. However, due to unavoidable circumstances, the promises made were not fulfilled, leading to certain adverse developments in the party ahead of the parliamentary elections.

The latest victim is BJP MLC Basavaraja Horatti, BJP insiders say.

According to sources, he was offered to continue his position as head of the Legislative Council.

Horatti, a former JD(S) leader and close confidant of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, held the position before joining the BJP. However, now the BJP is reconsidering delivering what was promised.

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Sources said Prime Minister Basavaraja Bommai, Union Minister for Mines, Coal and Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi want to anoint him for the position but National Secretary-General (Organization) BL Santhosh opposes. Although it was decided in the cabinet to hold the election for the post on Monday, this was not planned.

This has made Basavaraj Horatti very sad and the senior leader is upset with the development, the sources said. Horatti has already met CM Bommai and asked him to speak to the party high command.

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He has also expressed dissatisfaction that despite being able to win from any political party, he has not received proper treatment within the BJP.

Meanwhile, former minister Ramesh Jarakiholi is also unhappy that he is being kept at arm’s length even after making a clean appearance in the alleged sex CD scandal. Jarakiholi played an important role in installing the BJP government in the state by leading the rebellion against the Congress-JD(S) coalition.

BJP MLC H Vishwanath, who gave up the position of JD(S) President to join the BJP, is also yet to be considered. BJP MLA Srimanth Patil, who joined rebels, also lost his ministerial post. Independent MLA R. Shankar has also not given a ministerial post.

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Pratap Gouda Patil, another rebel who gave up his cabinet post while joining the BJP, has not even received an MLC post after losing elections.

On the other hand, former minister KS Eshwarappa also stays away from party affairs as the party failed to place him in the cabinet even after a clean show in the contractor’s suicide case.

However, the ruling BJP faces a major challenge ahead of the National Assembly elections: placating the feelings of its own partisans. The party’s burden of promises could make things difficult, sources say.

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