Karnataka: The Karnataka government issued an order, stating that former CM BS Yediyurappa will continue to receive government facilities on par with Cabinet-rank ministers. However, Former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday denied government facilities to cabinet-level ministers in less than 24 hours following the order of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
On Saturday, the Karnataka government’s Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) issued an order, stating that BS Yediyurappa will continue to receive government facilities on par with cabinet-rank ministers. The order stated that Yediyurappa would remain the beneficiary of cabinet-rank facilities such as same salary, government vehicle, official accommodation, until Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is in office.
However, Yediyurappa wrote to CM Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday, requesting him to roll back the order. Yediyurappa also said he would only use the facilities that a former chief minister gets.
Currently, Yediyurappa does not hold any official position other than being a MLA from Shikaripura constituency.
After months of speculation, BS Yediyurappa stepped down from the post of Karnataka chief minister on July 26, which was also the day his government completed two years in the state.
On July 28, Yediyurappa’s deputy Basavaraj Bommai took oath as the new chief minister of Karnataka. Like Yediyurappa, Basavaraj Bommai belongs to the powerful Lingayat community in Karnataka.
But sources close to Yediyurappa said he will continue to stay there taking a leaf out of the example set by Congress leader Siddaramaiah. The Congress leader had continued to stay in Cauvery after demitting office following electoral rout in 2018 after getting the residence allotted to then minister KJ George.
The government will now allot the bunglow to Bommai, and he will let Yediyurappa to continue to stay there, sources said. A former chief minister gets protocol such as police escort.