B.S. Yeddyurappa, who will complete two years in office on July 26, has in some quarters dismissed reports that the party’s central leadership is actively seeking to replace him.
Many names make rounds as an alternative to the 78-year-old Lingayat strongman. Despite the long list of aspirants for the post, a BJP executive said the challenge for the party was to find a suitable replacement who could fill Yeddyurappa’s “big” shoes.
The BJP is said to be hoping for a generational shift in state leadership and a steady shift in power, but finding an alternative to the party’s “undeniable mass leader” in the state has never been easier. The BJP will have to strike a balance when implementing this change of leadership, as it will have to see that it does not oppose the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, which dominates its main voting base, on which Yeddyurappa is gaining considerable influence.