The 78-year-old Lingayat strongman said he offered to step down two months ago with the intention of making room for others and said he would not name a possible successor even if he was asked to do so.
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Amid heightened speculation about his political future, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday, hinting at a possible exit, said he would remain in his post until central BJP leadership asked him to resign. .
The strongman from Lingayat, 78, said he offered to step down two months ago with the intention of making room for others and said he would not name a potential successor , even if he asked her to.
Central BJP leaders did not speak about his replacement during his recent visit to Delhi, he said. “The party high command will probably give directives on July 25 regarding my future as chief minister and I will continue in office until the last minute and then work to strengthen the BJP with the aim of bringing it back to power. , ” he added.
“I still have no message (regarding his future as Chief Minister), I am waiting if there will be a message on July 25. I will respect the decision of the Center, I have said it in the past and I ‘repeat it,’ Yediyurappa said.
Noting that it will continue work and inspect development works in Bengaluru on Friday, such as road construction and rajakaluves (storm water drainage), the chief minister said: “I will perform my duties until the last minute, let’s see what happens at the end”.
Stating that there is no confusion and that the party is united, he said that following the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Interior Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda is â our homework “.
Here is what has been said so far in the Karantaka leadership crisis:
BS Yediruppa: Reiterating his earlier statement that there are alternative leaders in the state to replace him, Yediyurappa said: âI will not make any suggestion (on the successor) that should be made (the next chief minister) is left to the leadership. central. I am not naming anyone, there is no need for that too. Even if asked, I won’t suggest any names. “
- When asked if someone from the Lingayat community should succeed him, the native leader of the community replied, âI will not put such pressure. Why are you making such decisions so early? After July 25, based on what central management says, let’s see. “
- When asked whether the central leaders told him about the replacement, during the recent visit, he replied “absolutely not”.
- The chief minister chaired a cabinet meeting on Thursday, which is considered his “last”, in case he resigns after July 26. Earlier today, Yediyurappa said he would abide by the decision of the BJP’s central leadership, regarding his retention as chief minister.
- Based on instructions from central leaders on July 25, he said he would start âhis workâ from July 26.
- âNarendra Modi, Amit Shah and Nadda have a special love and faith in me. You are aware that no position has been given to those who have crossed the age of 75 â, he said, but appreciating his work, they gave me an opportunity despite his age crossing 78 years. .
- Yediyurappa’s sudden trip to Delhi last week, where he met with national leaders, raised questions in some quarters as to whether the party is currently developing a succession plan.
- On his return from the national capital, Yediyurappa had however denied in certain circles that he was about to leave, and affirmed that the central management had asked him to remain in his post.
- Asking his supporters and sympathizers not to make any statements in his favor or to engage in any kind of protest, Yediyurappa said: “It is not appropriate, I appeal for cooperation, without engaging in such things.”
The pontiffs of Lingayat join forces with BS Yediyurappa: Support continued to pour in for Yediyurappa from Mutts, pontiffs, political leaders across the party line (especially Congress), amid speculation his exit was on the cards. Leaders and pontiffs, especially of the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, as well as all-India Veerashaiva Mahasabha have declared their support for Yediyurappa and called for his retention as chief minister, while warning against ” bad consequences “for the BJP if it is replaced.
- “Why is this (leadership change talks) happening, when the Chief Minister is working effectively during the crisis?” The wish of all Swamijis is that he should be the Chief Minister for a full term. Earlier too, he was not chief minister during the entire term of office, âsaid Siddalinga Swamiji of Siddaganga Mutt, an influential Lingayat seminary in the state.
- Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Siddalinga said all the chief minister said was that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Secretary Amit Shah and BJP National Chairman JP Nadda had showed special attention to him, and he was the only one to have received the exception to continue in the senior post despite the age of 75.
- “Yediyurappa said he would continue to serve the party until his last breath, but he said nothing when asked about the resignation,” Siddalinga added.
- Dismissing criticism that pontiffs engage in politics, Siddalinga Swamiji said the pontiffs have supported all chief ministers, regardless of their party. “We are not partisan, but the peculiarity of Yediyurappa is that we want him to complete the term,” he said.
- Meanwhile, Congress leaders Shamanur Shivashankarappa and MB Patil, also Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, the leader of Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra Mutt, based in Chitradurga, Sri Veera Someshwara Shivacharya Swami of Rambhapuri Peetha of Baleyailurua is replaced Yedi Sassaguru Jediaguru Jediad Someshwara Shivacharya si Yedi Sassaguru Jediaguru Jediapprisappris .
Congress leader Siddaramaiah: Accusing Yediyurappa of providing “bad government” in Karnataka, top Congressman Siddaramaiah said on Thursday that he did not expect the state to get a competent government and an honest chief minister by sacking him because the BJP itself is a “corrupt party”. “.
- âYediyurappa gave bad government to Karnataka. He has created an incompetent, corrupt and development-unfavorable government, âSiddaramaiah said.
- Speaking to reporters, he reminded them that he had said in the past six to seven months based on confirmed information that Yediyurappa would be replaced, but no one believed and denied it, but that it turned out to be true today.
Former Union Minister DV Sadananda said: The former prime minister said there was no “chance” for a change of leadership in Karnataka, as the central leadership of the BJP was satisfied with the development activities and management of the communities. COVID-19[female[feminine in the state.
- Gowda, a BJP MP from Bengaluru North, said he didn’t think such a move was happening.
- “I don’t think there is any truth in the ongoing discussion about the change of leadership because these are the decisions that are made by our leaders at the central level taking into account the political situation in the states,” said the former chief minister to reporters.
BJP: While BJP national secretary general in charge of Karnataka Arun Singh dodged questions about the change in leadership in the state, several ministers in the Yediyurappa cabinet have either maintained that they were unaware of developments in the state. the situation, be declared that they would respect the decision of the top commander.
- BJP leader Basanagouda Patil Yatnal had said earlier that the central party leadership would soon choose a new chief minister for Karnataka who is “honest, pro-Hindu and able to bring the BJP back to power”, Indian express reported.
- Without naming names, Yatnal said a party leader was traveling to Delhi to ask to be appointed chief minister. “He also tried to bribe the central party leadership,” Yatnal said, according to The Hindu. âThe party leadership is very honest and will not tolerate such things. “
- Revenue Minister R Ashoka and Home Secretary Basavaraj Bommai, who dismissed reports of a possible change in leadership in recent days, said today they will abide by the high command’s decision. and that they were not aware of the ongoing discussions within management. level.
- Food and Civilian Supplies Minister Umesh Katti, expressing his aspiration to become chief minister, said he had all the âqualificationsâ as he won the assembly elections nine times.
- “I also want to become Chief Minister, age is also on my side because I am 60 years old nowâ¦ can become it one day. If I have the opportunity, I will perform well by giving a good administration.”
- Rural Development Minister KS Eshwarappa, welcoming Yediyurappa’s declaration to comply with the decision of the high command and the party, called on the pontiffs not to embarrass the chief minister by issuing statements against the BJP while demanding its continuation .
Meanwhile, there seems to be a sense of nervousness among 12 lawmakers who became ministers after leaving Congress and JD (S), as they had come to BJP trusting Yediyurappa’s leadership, and without him they fear uncertainty, sources said, adding that they met with the chief minister today.
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