New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday announced his resignation after months of internal fighting within the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). The announcement was made at an event that was organised to celebrate the two years of the BJP government in Karnataka.
“I have decided to resign. I will meet the Governor after lunch,” said Yediyurappa today. Meanwhile, the names of several leaders have been doing the rounds for the key post.
Yediyurappa’s resignation comes after months of infighting within the state party unit.
The 78-year-old had earlier said that he will accept the decision of BJP high-command.
Yediyurappa had said that he has full confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP President JP Nadda.
However, the focus will now shift on the appointment of the new CM face with the BJP looking to balance the caste arithmetics while picking Yediyurappa’s successor.
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The Panchamasali Lingayat community has been demanding the chief ministerial post for several months. BJP leaders from the community including Basangouda Ramangouda Patil Yatnal, Arvind Bellad and Murugesh Nirani are believed to be the front runners in the race. Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s name is also being mentioned.
The seers from the Lingayat community had also held a religious convention in Bengaluru which was seen as a show fo support for the Chief Minister.
The Lingayats constitute 17 per cent of Karnataka’s total population and can turn results around in 35-40 seats in the state assembly elections.
Sources in the BJp have also said that replacing him with a non-Lingayat face may hurt the party in the upcoming assembly elections.
Former union minister DV Sadananda Gowda and BJP general secretary CT Ravi could also be the next chief minister if the party high command gives priority to the Gowda community. Also, R Ashok and CN Ashwathnarayan are the other popular figures from the community.
Earlier, on Thursday, speaking to media persons, Chief Minister Yediyurappa made it clear that the final decision will be taken by the BJP high command. “I will obey the suggestions given by them and I am no way concerned about the next chief minister, whether he comes from the Dalit community or any other community. I will accept the decision.”
With inputs from ANI