After leading a factional feud within the Karnataka unit of BJP, seniorparty leader K S Eshwarappa today said Yeddyurappa was hisleader and the 2018 assembly elections would be fought under him. Both leaders have been openly criticising eachother in recent weeks, following questions raised aboutYeddyurappa's "unilateral style" of functioning. "Yeddyurappa is our leader there is no conflict onthis.
He still has confusion about Sangolli Rayanna Brigade which has been formed with an intention to provide justice for the dalits and Backward Communities... We will clear that (confusion) and move ahead," Eshwarappa told reporters in Bagalkote. He said "There is no conflict within BJP, ournational leaders have said that next chief minister isYeddyurappa, he is already the state president, the elections will be under his leadership." Eshwarappa, however, added that the activities ofRayanna Brigade, an "apolitical forum" of dalits and backwardclasses floated by him would continue. "There is no confusion, Sangolli Rayanna Brigade isfor providing justice for dalits and backward classes, it will continue," he said. The brigade was formulated by Eshwarappa in anapparent show of strength in his battle against Yeddyurappa, aformer chief minister. Claiming that the BJP is united as it preparesitself for the 2018 assembly polls, Yeddyurappa also hadrecently said there were no differences of opinion between himand Eshwarappa. In an attempt to quell the factional feud, the party highcommand had relieved two office bearers each from both theYeddyurappa and Eshwarappa factions from party posts.
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