Bengaluru: In recent days, whispers of discontent within the state BJP have been circulating, with speculations suggesting a division within the party. The party’s legislative meeting on Friday added fuel to these rumors, hinting at alleged disgruntlement among its members.
Local media captured videos showing former Union Minister and Vijayapura MLA Basangouda Patil Yatnal, and Gokak MLA Ramesh Jarakiholi leaving the meeting likely before its commencement, further fueling speculations of internal discord within the state BJP.
When questioned about why they came out so early, whether the meeting began? Yatnal responded that they stepped out to enjoy a cup of tea. Pressed further about the option of having tea at the hotel, Yatnal explained that the tea there was too expensive, hence they came out to have tea, by saying both Yatnal and Jarkiholi left the scene together in one car.
The meeting’s agenda was to elect the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, with former minister, MLA, and Vokkaliga leader R. Ashoka ultimately appointed as the opposition leader. The meeting was attended by observers from Delhi, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, former CMs BS Yediyurappa, Basavaraj Bommai,