Yeddyurappa steals show at BJP conclave

June 1st, 2008 - 7:43 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Narendra Modi

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Basking in the glory after leading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to first victory in the south, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Sunday stole the show at the party’s national executive meet here, overshadowing his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi. “It could be for a day, but he was the hero. His victory in Karnataka has given the BJP a new image. It has become a national party in the real sense of the term now,” said a BJP functionary, pleading anonymity.

Since the BJP was formed in 1980, Karnataka is the first southern state where the party has formed the government with support from six Independents after winning 110 seats in the 225-member assembly.

This is the second government the BJP has formed in Karnataka. Its first, in alliance with the Janata Dal(Secular), lasted barely a week before the JD(S) withdrew its support and the Yeddyurappa-led government fell last November, necessitating the assembly elections.

Yeddyurappa was the man of the moment right from his arrival at the airport here.

A contingent of workers led by Delhi BJP unit chief Harshvardhan received Yeddyurappa with bouquets and thunderous sloganeering at the airport.

The conference hall of the Parliament Annexe building, the venue of the party’s two-day meet that began Sunday, reverberated with victory slogans when Leader of Opposition and BJP’s veteran leader L.K. Advani called all chief ministers to the dais.

Party president Rajnath Singh lauded Yeddyurappa at a great length in his inaugural speech.

“The victory of Karnataka will prove to be a milestone in Indian politics… the victory symbolises not only the political expansion of the BJP but also its social and geographical expansion,” said Singh.

Yeddyurappa, on his part, just kept smiling throughout the day. He did not oblige mediapersons waiting for his comments, as he would address a press meet Monday morning at the Karnataka Bhawan here.

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