- Ahead of Karnataka election, BJP sees infighting
- 2 big leaders, Yeddyurappa and Eshwarappa, have clashed publicly
- Truce called on orders of BJP chief Amit Shah at weekend meet
"We are together. We were together during the state executive, we have spoken to each other and there is no confusion," said Mr Eshwarappa, averring, "we are working towards ensuring that the BJP comes to power in 2018."
With the Karnataka election due early next year, BJP chief Amit Shah has twice this year ordered Mr Eshwarappa and Mr Yeddyurappa to make nice. In January, he summoned them to Delhi. Last week, he sacked two members from each faction from party posts.
Mr Yeddyurappa is the BJP's presumptive Chief Minister. In 2011, he was forced to quit as Chief Minister because of corruption charges. The BJP, in fact, put up three Chief Ministers during its debut shot at running Karnataka and lost the election in 2013 to the Congress.
Given that the BJP lost two recent by-elections in Karnataka, its bosses have been working to bridge the gap between Mr Yeddyurappa and his rival, who derives his power as a leader of the Kuruba backward caste.
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