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Yeddy wait goes on as BJP tarries

Bangalore, Dec. 18: All support, no decision.

That seems to be B.S. Yeddyurappa’s predicament as his wait to return to the BJP continues.

While Karnataka BJP leaders have been pushing for the comeback of the former chief minister saying it would boost their fortunes ahead of the Lok Sabha election, the final announcement isn’t coming.

Sources in the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), which Yeddyurappa floated after quitting the BJP last year, said a visit by Arun Jaitley could speed up matters.

“As Parliament is on now, Jaitley might wait till it is over and visit Bangalore this weekend,” said a KJP source. Jaitley, the Rajya Sabha Opposition leader, is also the BJP national general secretary in charge of the state.

At the same time, the KJP source couldn’t understand the reason for the delay. “We have no clue what the BJP is up to. But we’ve been hearing from the media that they want our leader back,” he said.

Central BJP sources had recently indicated that Yeddyurappa’s return had been put off for now over fears that Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party could make the Karnataka leader, who had to resign as chief minister over graft allegations, the object of a campaign.

Bur senior state BJP leader and former chief minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda is confident the re-entry of Yeddyurappa would help galvanise the party in the Lingayat belt of north Karnataka. “I’m sure the BJP stands to benefit a lot if Yeddyurappa returns.”

The BJP had won 19 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in 2009 when Yeddyurappa led the party.