Karnataka CM under siege from his own Lingayat community, BJP legislators

In Karnataka's multi-layered politics that often subsumes the BJP's Hindutva project in the quest for identities based on region and castes, any challenge becomes onerous for the chief minister.

B S Yediyurappa

Lingayat MLAs from various subsects want more representation in B S Yediyurappa’s council of ministers

Radhika Ramaseshan
In the latest phase of his incessant problems, B S Yediyurappa is under siege from his Lingayat community and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators who belong to influential Lingayat subsects. Their discontent  arises largely from a perception that Lingayat MLAs from the Panchamshali subsect, which dominates north Karnataka, the BJP’s backbone, were “ignored” and inadequately represented in the ministerial council constituted in July last year, when Yediyurappa took over as chief minister for the third time. 
The grouse persisted after he expanded the council of ministers for a second time in February this year, principally to accommodate the Congress and JD(S) defectors who shored up his minority government. Ten of the 11 turncoats were inducted, leaving six vacancies in

First Published: Nov 01 2020 | 6:36 PM IST

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