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October effect haunts BS Yeddyurappa

Anil Kumar M, TNN Oct 17, 2011, 02.51AM IST
(October effect haunts BS Yeddyurappa. (PTI Photo))

BANGALORE: Former CM B S Yeddyurappa failed to live down the October jinx again: year after year, the month has brought him tribulations and pushed him to the brink.

Barring October 2008, the month has been a bad phase for the BJP leader: in 2007, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy broke their pact and refused to transfer power to Yeddyurappa, in 2009, the Reddy brothers staged an unsuccessful coup and the next year, M P Renukacharya shanghaied a few BJP MLAs to Chennai.

It's not that the former CM was a silent spectator -- he tried to ward off the October effect by performing homas and havanas.

OCTOBER 2007
Barring a few minor instances, the 20:20 JD(S)-BJP coalition government had a smooth run till then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy backtracked on transferring power to Yeddyurappa. As per their agreement, Kumaraswamy had completed his 20-month tenure, but refused to keep his commitment to the BJP. The bargaining drama for power went on for a couple of weeks in October 2007 and the Centre also imposed President's rule.

Yeddyurappa took up a yatra to announce that Kumaraswamy had betrayed him, and came back to become chief minister for a week. However, this elevation was short-lived as the JD(S) again refused to support Yeddyurappa, who later tendered his resignation.

OCTOBER 2009
Mining barons G Janardhana Reddy, G Karunakara Reddy and B Sriramulu staged a coup demanding that the BJP higher-ups replace Yeddyurappa with another Lingayat leader, Jagadish Shettar. The dissidence started after Yeddyurappa imposed additional royalty on trucks transporting iron ore. The drama went on for nearly a month. But for strong backing by the central leadership, Yeddyurappa almost lost his chair as more than 40 BJP MLAs went to Hyderabad, threatening to resign if the CM was not changed. Though Yeddyurappa held on to his gaddi, he had to drop his close aide Shobha Karandlaje from the cabinet and sacrificed his principal secretary V P Baligar.

OCTOBER 2010
Excise minister M P Renukacharya had larger plans of becoming deputy chief minister and to bargain for this post, he staged a coup by taking six ministers and 20 MLAs to Chennai, threatening to withdraw support to the Yeddyurappa government. Supported by the JD(S) and Congress from outside, the coup was almost successful as nearly 20 MLAs, including five independents, gave a letter to governor H R Bhardwaj expressing "no-confidence" against Yeddyurappa. In unprecedented developments following this, the governor asked Yeddyurappa to take a floor test at the same time that Speaker K G Bopaiah disqualified 16 MLAs. Though Yeddyurappa won the test, Bhardwaj refused to recognize the result and recommended President's rule. But within three days, Yeddyurappa was again given a chance to prove his majority, in which he sailed through comfortably.

OCTOBER 2011
Perhaps this October is the worst for Yeddyurappa. After days of legal battle, the former CM was denied bail in a land denotification scam and was arrested on Saturday.

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