New Delhi: The BJP legislature party in Karnataka will meet this evening to elect a new Chief Minister for the state after veteran leader BS Yediyurappa resigns last evening ending weeks of speculations. Meanwhile, BJP has deputed two union ministers — Dharmendra Pradhan and G Kishan Reddy — as central observers for the meeting, which is due around 7 pm. The name, however, will be announced tomorrow, as state minister R Ashok was quoted saying by media.
Both leaders are on way to Bengaluru and will attend the meeting along with Arun Singh, the BJP’s state in-charge, sources said.
Upon being asked who is likely to be picked for the top post, BS Raghvendra, party MP and son of former CM Yediyurappa, said it is “too early to say”.
“The BJP’s decisions can never be foretold. For example — Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh, Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra. Even the cabinet reshuffle was done based on several parameters. So it’s difficult to say,” he said.
“It is only yesterday that the resignation took place. The high command is in a discussion to see who can head Karnataka. It will happen,” he added.
On July 26, Mr Yediyurappa handed his resignation to Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot at the Raj Bhavan after completing two years in the office. The 78-year-old Lingayat strongman, who spearheaded the BJP’s entry in south India, said he quit “voluntarily” and will continue to remain active in state politics.
Mr Raghvendra said he had resolved to resign two months earlier.
Replying to a question about the role of Mr Yediyurappa’s children in the cabinet of the new Chief Minister, Mr Raghavendra said: “When Yediyurappa has no role in the cabinet, what are you asking about his children? Yediyurappa has said that he will be supporting the party in its way ahead. And he has no role in electoral politics. Party will decide each role.”