Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is turning 78 on February 27 and a grand birthday celebration awaits the birthday boy, at Bengaluru's Palace Grounds.
The celebration will also recall the four decade long political journey of the man who is revered as the maker of the BJP in Karnataka.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and four former Chief Ministers of Karnataka-HD Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah, DV Sadananda Gowda and SM Krishna will talk about their association with Yediyurappa, who became the CM of the state for the fourth time couple of months ago.
Union Minister Pralhad Joshi and Suresh Angadi, besides the all-powerful BL Santosh, the BJP's National General Secretary (Organisation), will also be present.
Two books will be released on the occasion- one is a coffee-table book with photographs of Yediyurappa from his childhood and other stages of his political career. The other will be a collection of articles written about him from people close to him, collated by his media advisor Mahadev Prakash, reports News18.
"We had requested 78 people to write about him, as he will be entering the 78th year of his life. But there were five additional pieces, so those are also included. These are write-ups by scholars like Chidananda Murthy and Prof Hampa Nagarajaiah, besides a few journalists and Cabinet colleagues," Prakash told News18, while iterating that this is only an event to felicitate Yediyurappa's achievements and no political meaning must be read into it.
Former CM Siddaramaiah tweeted picture of BSY's younger son BY Vijayendra extending him and invitation for the birthday bash.
The celebrations are happening midst of rumours that there is pressure mounting on the BJP national leadership to replace BSY with someone younger.
Meanwhile, it is also said that BSY may use the birthday bash to put up a 'unity show' and exhibit his power.
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