Amid speculations of a change of leadership, Yediyurappa on Sunday said that he will continue at the top post as long as the BJP high command has faith in him and has no illusions about it.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. (File Photo)
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday asked legislators of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party not to indulge in any signature campaign and issue any political statements about speculations that he would be replaced. Instead, the party MLAs should focus on COVID management in their respective constituencies and help the needy, he said. Yediyurappa said that at a time when people are facing crisis due to COVID pandemic, every BJP MLA should give priority towards controlling Covid in their constituencies. I appeal that no one should indulge in any kind of signature campaign or political statement, and help people in times of crisis.
The Chief Minister’s statement comes after several political statements sparked speculation about his replacement and a letter from his political secretary MP Renukacharya claiming to be signed by over 65 MLAs in his favor. Meanwhile, Revenue Minister R Ashok said that BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel has formed a committee to stop the displeasure over the change of leadership and making statements openly. He said that the party president has issued an order not to conduct any kind of signature campaign and has warned of action against those involved.
The committee consists of the state president, chief minister, four general secretaries, four ministers, Ashok. Ashok said that this committee is aimed at clearing confusion and preventing openly making statements. Those who have complaints can contact the committee. He said that no one should speak about the position of the Chief Minister or about changing him. No one should make a statement in favor or against the Chief Minister. This is the direction of the state president and the central leadership.
Amid speculations of a change of leadership, Yediyurappa on Sunday said that he will continue at the top post as long as the BJP high command has faith in him and has no illusions about it. Earlier in the day, MLA Renukacharya said that he has a letter in favor of Yeddyurappa and signed by over 65 MLAs who have allegiance to him, and want him to continue as the chief minister.
Meanwhile, several ministers, including Industries Minister and senior BJP leader Jagadish Shettar, rejected the change of leadership, saying such talks were adversely affecting the image of the government and administration. Shettar said that I do not understand why the change of leadership is being discussed again and again. If such discussions continue, it will damage the image of the government and affect the day-to-day functioning of the government and administration.
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