All eyes are on Karnataka. Who will be the next CM of the state? State minister Murugesh Nirani suddenly arrived in Delhi on Sunday to meet BJP leaders amid speculations of a change of leadership. However, people close to Nirani claimed that he had come to the national capital on a private tour.
Doubts remain regarding change of leadership in Karnataka. Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Sunday said whether he would continue in the post or not would be known by tomorrow. Yeddyurappa has been Karnataka’s most influential Lingayat leader and the BJP’s face in the state for over two decades.
Yediyurappa, 78, said on Sunday evening that he has not yet received a “message” from the central leadership whether to continue or step down. He expressed confidence that information in this regard can be received by tonight or by Monday morning. When asked what would he do if the “message” comes from the central leadership, Yediyurappa said, “I will take a decision after that.” Simultaneously, he insisted that he would continue to work for the BJP for the next 10 to 15 years.
had offered to resign two months ago
Yediyurappa said he had tendered his resignation two months back and reiterated that he would continue as the chief minister if the party leadership so desired. If he is asked to leave this post, he will resign and do the work of the party.
He said, ‘I will work day and night for the party for the next 10 to 15 years. There should be no apprehension about this. Yediyurappa said he would talk about his government’s achievements under the earlier scheme at an event on Monday.
Yediyurappa said, ‘After that there will be other things which will be informed.’ When asked what would he do if the “message” comes from the central leadership, Yediyurappa said, “I will take a decision after that.”
Will accept the decision of the party leadership
Earlier, speaking to reporters at Belagavi’s district headquarters, Yediyurappa said he would abide by the party leadership’s decision. He is ‘agreed and satisfied’ and will not break party discipline.
“I got most of the posts in the party which no one else in Karnataka has got,” the chief minister said. For this I express my gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda.
Lingayat leader Yediyurappa said his “only goal” is to work hard for the next two years and bring the BJP back to power in Karnataka, where assembly elections are due in 2023.
Mines Minister Nirani also belongs to the Lingayat community like Yeddyurappa. Besides BJP general secretary CT Ravi, Karnataka home minister Basavaraj Bommai and Union minister Prahlad Joshi, Nirani’s name is also being seen as a possible chief ministerial candidate.