Meetings held by some Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs on Thursday have triggered speculation that the legislators are trying to make an alternate leadership.
Until now, the supreme headquarters was of the opinion that there is no alternative to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. But the MLAs who met and spoke on the phone have zeroed in on the names of MLA Basangouda Patil Yatnal and former CM Jagadish Shettar.
Contentious issues include allegations that CM Yediyurappa has not been lecture his MLAs during the coronavirus pandemic, which he isn't bothered about what's happening in their constituencies.
MLAs feel the chief minister isn't ready to work to his full capacity. They feel that Yediyurappa's age is additionally an element that's taking a toll on his working style.
Basangouda Patil Yatnal, whose name is being pushed by the MLAs, belongs to the Panchamasali Lingayat sect. A three-time MLA and one-time MLC, Yatnal has also been an MoS within the Union cabinet. He's known to be a polarising figure in north Karnataka.
Around 40 MLAs are said to be able to suggest the names of Basangouda Patil Yatnal and Jagadish Shettar to the supreme headquarters .
While around 25 MLAs met over the past few days at different times, about 60 legislators reached bent one another through phone calls.