Senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar seems to be active again in the state politics. The Loksabha elections debacle and the recent dissident activities in the state BJP unit have made him active in the state party affairs.
Ananth Kumar and B S Yadurappa, two tall leaders of the party, fought with each other on several occasions for the supremacy when Ananth Kumar had strong interest in the state politics. But, after the intervention of BJP High command Ananth was restricted to only national politics.
He was almost side lined after BJP won the last year assembly elections under the leadership of Yadurappa. But, growing unrest within the party against the dictatorship of Chief Minister Yadurappa brought back Ananth Kumar to the state politics. He too doesn’t have much responsibility at Delhi after BJP’s lackluster performance under the leadership of his mentor L K Advani in the parliamentary elections.
When Yadurappa realized that growing anger against his leadership may deteriorate the situation further, he sought the help of his one time competitor Ananth Kumar to put a break to the dissident activities. Ananth Kumar acted as interlocutor and played a key role in organizing the meetings with rebels.
It seems that CM has escaped from the axe at least for time being after he had the meeting with Reddy brothers and K S Eshwarappa, who raised the voice of revolt against him on the side lines of Vikas Sanklpa Samavesha at Davanagere.
By seeking the intervention of Ananth Kumar, Yadurappa might have drubbed the dissidence in the party. But, one can’t rule out that re-entry of Ananth Kumar into the state politics may cause bigger problems for Yadurappa in future.