B.S. Yediyurappa addresses the Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru
B.S. Yediyurappa addresses the Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru | PTI

Yediyurappa son and daughter running the show, leaders ‘complain to BJP high command’

BJP circles in Karnataka are abuzz with speculation about the party high command considering a change of guard in Karnataka. If that really happens, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa would only have his children to blame.

State BJP leaders are learnt to have complained to the high command that because of 77-year-old Yediyuarappa’s ill health, his son B.Y. Vijayendra and daughter B.Y. Umadevi are running the government.

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Two anonymous letters circulating in media circles, allegedly written by a close associate of the family, are said to have hurt the party’s image.

The first letter talked of how Yeddyurappa was keeping ill health, and that he should retire from active politics and join the ‘margadarshak mandal’, taking up the post of a governor. It also spoke of how Yediyurappa’s son has assumed the role of a ‘super CM’.

The second letter was a more attacking one as it said Yediyurappa’s son was “minutely handling the government with his henchmen” in every department, according to sources.

The central leadership is learnt to be upset with the negative publicity the government has been getting since Yediyurappa took over as CM.

The change of guard, according to what the grapevine says, may take place after 15 April and names of leaders such as Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Industries Minister Jagdish Shettar and Tourism and Culture Minister C.T. Ravi are already doing the rounds as Yediyurappa’s replacement. Bommai is said to be the front-runner as he has the backing of the RSS.

IRS officers’ body gets new office-bearers after 3 years

Thousands of Indian Revenue Service officers last week elected new office-bearers of the IRS Association after a gap of three years.

For the first time, elections took place digitally with over 1,700 out of 2,700 registered officers casting their vote.

On top of the new team’s agenda is “One Batch, One rank across all services” — to ensure that the hierarchy between civil services is broken. According to sources, the team’s objective is also to ensure IRS officers find opportunities to work outside their department on deputation to various central ministries. They now plan to formally register the IRS Association and develop an institutional framework along with zonal and local chapters.

While the IAS and IPS associations have mostly been too cautious to express their views on sensitive issues like lateral entry etc. up until last year, the IRS Association was one of the few bodies to take up these issues with the government.

Now, KCR’s daughter Kavitha too is set to become a minister 

Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader and former Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha is all set to become the fourth member of her family to become a lawmaker in the state. She filed her nomination as a Member of Legislative Council candidate from Nizamabad. Sources say Kavitha’s father, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, has issued instructions to ensure that his daughter’s entry be smooth.

TRS members also say Kavitha will be unanimously elected and may even bag a ministerial berth soon.

KCR’s son K.T. Rama Rao and nephew Harish Rao are already ministers in his cabinet.

The MLC elections are due on 7 April and the counting is on 9 April. After her embarrassing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, despite her father’s best efforts to ensure a win for her from Nizamabad, Kavitha lost to BJP’s D. Arvind.

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