Published on Mar 19, 2012
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BANGALORE: He himself was at the receiving end of resort politics several times when he was chief minster. But that hasn't stopped BS Yeddyurappa from resorting to the same brand of politics to get his successor DV Sadananda Gowda out of power.
Resort politics has been a half-yearly feature of the BJP ever since it came to power for the first time in the South in May 2008. Various factions of the party's legislature wing have been holed up in various resorts at regular intervals.
Resort politics hasn't always been rebellious in nature. In fact, the BJP held a brainstorming session in a resort at the start of Yeddyurappa's tenure in May 2008.
Different sets of BJP MLAs have been in and out of resorts in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Goa over the last 46 months since the party has been rocked by rebellion time and again.
Every time a dissident group fired a volley against Yeddyurappa , it was done from the cozy comfort of a resort. First, G Janardhana Reddy, then tourism minister, hijacked a few MLAs and demanded that Yeddyurappa be replaced by another Lingayat leader, Jagadish Shettar. The provocation was the transfer of a batch of officials loyal to Reddy .
However, the high command stepped in to defuse the crisis. Later, there was one more round of resort politics by a few netas, instigated by HD Kumaraswamy, former CM and JD(S) chief.
BJP legislators led by MP Renukacharaya stayed at a resort in Goa for over a week and relented only after Yeddyurappa offered ministries to two of them.
In October 2010, the BJP, facing trouble after 18 MLAs withdrew support to the Yeddyurappa-led government, whisked away all its loyalists to the Golden Palm Spa and Resort on the city's outskirts.
Yeddyurappa and the opposition Congress and JD(S) wanted to keep their flock intact ahead of the crucial confidence motion as rival parties levelled allegations of horse-trading attempts.
Ironically, Yeddyurappa, who was never allowed to rule in peace owing to resort politics, has now resorted to the timetested tactics of his detractors and shepherded his supporters in a resort to exert pressure on the party high command and demand reinstatment.
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