In the past, several BJP leaders have directly or indirectly targeted Bommai and questioned his leadership ability and organizational skills. The mixed results in the MLC elections, his failure in Lingayat-dominated constituencies raised many questions.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is feeling relieved after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Karnataka, as it has put an end to the rumors of a change of leadership in the state. PM Modi praised Bommai in a public meeting and gave a message that development activities would continue in the state under Bommai’s leadership, thereby putting an end to the discussions of leadership change in the state.
PM Modi said that Karnataka will scale new heights under Bommai’s leadership and the central government will stand by him. Party sources said the message conveyed by Modi is clear that there will be no change in leadership for the upcoming assembly polls, as the state has already entered an election year.
In the past several BJP leaders have directly or indirectly targeted Bommai, questioning his leadership abilities and organizational skills. The mixed results in the MLC elections, his failure in Lingayat-dominated constituencies raised many questions. However, the top leadership of the party stood by him. Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced that the upcoming assembly elections would be fought under Bommai’s leadership.
Jagadish Shettar, who had refused to take up the cabinet post calling Bommai his junior, continues to distance himself from him. The political tussle in Belagavi district, the important base of BJP, is yet to be resolved. Party sources said Modi’s speech sent out a clear message that the focus should be on development rather than change of leadership to prepare for the assembly elections to be held in less than a year.