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BJP may seek Jaitley’s services

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BANGALORE: There is a likelihood of the Bharatiya Janata Party State unit requesting its Central unit to depute former Union Minister Arun Jaitley to Karnataka to help the party prepare its poll strategy along with its Karnataka in-charge Yashwant Sinha.

Sources in the BJP said most of the top-leaders of the party State unit wanted Mr. Jaitley to work along with Mr. Sinha. They believe that Mr. Jaitley, who monitored party’s poll strategies in various States, including Gujarat, can be an asset to the State unit during polls. Besides, Mr. Jaitley already knows about Karnataka as he worked as the party in-charge during the previous polls.

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However, they want him only to supplement the work of Mr. Sinha, and not to replace him. A senior party office bearer made it clear that the demand for Mr. Jaitley to come to Karnataka is only a loud thinking and no formal request has been made so far. The issue is likely to gain momentum in the coming months.

Meanwhile, when asked by media persons at a press conference whether Mr. Jaitley would be brought to Karnataka, party senior leader M. Venakaiah Naidu only said that there was no such proposal as of now.

He said the party was examining the possibility of having a second in-charge, along with Mr. Sinha, during the polls.

Mr. Naidu declared that senior leader B.S. Yeddyurappa is the “unquestionable leader” of the BJP State unit. “There is no voice of dissent against him from any quarters in the party,” he added, while replying to queries on the reported dissidence within the party.

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