Bengaluru: Amid weeks of speculation about a big change in Karnataka politics, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday hinted at stepping down from the post after July 26.
Yediyurappa, said, “I will know the next step only after July 25, and will abide by the BJP high command’s decision. I will work to strengthen the party and bring the party back to power in Karnataka.”
The Chief Minister was initially scheduled to attend a legislature party meeting on July 26 and hold a lunch with MLAs on July 25, but the programmes have now been rescheduled.
Speculations have been rife that Yediyurappa could resign on July 26, when his government completes two years in office, making way for another BJP CM to govern for two years.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and our national president JP Nadda have special love and faith towards me. You should know that no position is given to those who have crossed 75 years of age in the party, but appreciating my work, they have given me an opportunity despite the fact that I am 78 years old,” Yediyurappa added.
Yediyurappa had visited New Delhi last week, meeting PM Modi, Home minister Shah, Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Nadda.
Meanwhile, there has been a show of strength in Yediyurappa’s support in the state, including from seers and even Congress leaders of his community. However, the opposition to him continuing as CM is also coming from Lingayat leaders, like BJP MLAs Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and Arvind Bellad.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, a delegation of seers from various mutts met Yediyurappa at his official residence and urged him to complete his term.
With his supporters getting more and more vocal in opposing any move by the BJP central leadership to replace him, Yediyurappa on Wednesday reaffirmed his loyalty to the party via tweet.
“I am privileged to be a loyal worker of the BJP. It is my utmost honour to serve the party with the highest standards of ethics and behaviour. I urge everyone to act in accordance with party ethics and not indulge in protests/indiscipline that is disrespectful and embarrassing for the party,” Yediyurappa said on Twitter.