BS Yediyurappa News: ‘When directions come, I’ll quit and work for party’; Yediyurappa’s fate as Karnataka CM to be decided on July 25 | India News

NEW DELHI: The fate of B S Yediyurappa‘s continuation as the chief minister of Karnataka will be decided by the BJP’s central leadership on July 25.
Yediyurappa, who had till now strongly denied all reports of his resignation, on Thursday for the first time said that he is not sure if he will continue as the chief minister after July 26, the day his government completes two years in the office.
“Based on the instructions that the central leaders will give me on July 25, I will begin my work from July 26. We have a special programme on July 26 regarding 2 years of our government, after attending that event, I will abide by the instructions from the national president,” he added.
Speculations about his exit have been doing the rounds ever since he was summoned to Delhi by the top BJP leadership.
On his return from Delhi after meeting PM Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP chief J P Nadda, the BJP strongman had said that there was no question of leadership change. He had claimed that the central leaders had asked him to continue as chief minister and strengthen the party.
However, that confidence was missing today. On the contrary, there was a clear hint that he may be on his way out as the chief minister.
“Till now I’ve not been asked to resign. The party high command has not said anything to me. When the directions come, I’ll quit and work for the party. I’ve not recommended any name. Let’s see what will happen after July 26,” said Yediyurappa.
Stating that he will continue to work to bring the BJP back to power in 2023 irrespective of what the party decides about his future, the Karnataka chief minister said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah (home minister) and our national president J P Nadda have a special love and faith towards me. You are aware that no position has been given to those who have crossed 75 years of age, but appreciating my work they have given me an opportunity despite my crossing 78 years.”
On Wednesday, Yediyurappa had said that he is privileged to be a “loyal worker of the BJP”.
He had also urged his followers not to “indulge in protests and indiscipline that is disrespectful and embarrassing for the party”.
The political and religious leaders of the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, which comprises 16 per cent of the state’s population and is seen as the BJP’s big support base in the state, have come out in large nummbers in the support of the chief minister, who belongs to their community.
Karnataka BJP in charge ducks questions on leadership change
BJP national general secretary Arun Singh, the party’s Karnataka in charge, on Thursday ducked questions on leadership change in the state.
“My Namaskar to you all. We will sit together someday and discuss. We will also sit together and have tea,” Singh told reporters in Delhi, who sought his reaction on the matter.
Arun Singh had visited the state in June amid heightened pitch by a section of dissident MLAs seeking Yediyurappa’s removal and consulted party leaders, ministers and MLAs.
He had later appreciated the work done by Yediyurappa, saying that the Karnataka government was doing a good job under his leadership.
A section of Karnataka BJP MLAs and ministers has demanded that Yediyurappa must step down as chief minister. State tourism minister CP Yogeeshwara in a statement had said that instead of the chief minister, his son has been ruling and controlling the ministries of Karnataka.
BJP MLC AH Vishwanath had said that 80 per cent of BJP legislators, who met the national general secretary in charge of the State Arun Singh, were of the view that leadership in the state should be changed.
(With inputs from agencies)

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