Bangalore, Nov 21: With former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa out of jail, he is all set to display his clout in the party especially ahead of the Bellary by elections in the state. With the court also granting him reprieve in the land denotification cases under which he was jailed, BSY expects to bounce back to the political arena with a stunning victory.
There are reports that Yeddyurappa might have struck a deal with the BJP especially after emotions were hurt on the comments made by senior BJP leader LK Advani on the corruption in Karnataka. BSY met with BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Saturday evening before embarking on a Vaishnodevi pilgrimage trip. The meeting was also attended by Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley.
This is Yeddyurappa's first meeting with the BJP top brass after his release from jail. According to reports, the meeting discussed ways and means to rebuild the party before it goes for polls in 17 months. The meeting also discussed the proactive approach BSY is expected to take ahead of the same.
According to sources, Yeddyurappa was promised that his interests will be looked after and the former CM in return had stated that he would offer his full support to CM Sadananda Gowda and his administration and there would be no threats whatsoever from his supporters.
BSY had earlier commented that he was confident on the party's victory in the Bellary by elections in spite of the snub by former party member B. Sreeramulu. Sreeramulu will contest as an independent candidate and will pose as a strong contestant in the by-polls.
Representing the Lingayat community, Yeddyurappa yields considerable clout in the area with as many as 30,000 votes while close contender Sreeramulu from the Valmiki sect has close to 38,000 votes.