Senior Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ] leader and Karnataka [ Images ] Power Minister K S Eshwarappa has alleged that liquor had been used to woo voters to vote for Chief Minister B S Yedyurappa's son B Y Raghavendra, who won the recently-held Lok Sabha polls from Shimoga.
Eshwarappa's comments come in the wake of Yeddyurappa's [ Images ] allegations about the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader not doing enough to ensure that his son wins by a larger margin. The incident has exposed the rifts within the ruling party in Karnataka.
Upset with the development, state party president D Sadananda Gowda had decided to issue a show cause notice to Eshwarappa, but the party high command has directed him to put that on hold.
Eshwarappa told reporters that he has briefed BJP president Rajnath Singh about the incident, who had directed Gowda to put the notice on hold.
However, the Karnataka CM continues to face more trouble from leaders of his own party. Janardhan Reddy and his brother Somashekhar Reddy, BJP leaders from Bellary, are unhappy about being sidelined in the government. The Reddy brothers have been eyeing the post of the deputy chief minister and they have the support of at least a dozen members of the Legislative Assembly.
The BJP high command, which is still reeling under its recent electoral drubbing, has decided to send senior leader Arun Jaitley [ Images ] to sort out the party's affairs in Karnataka.