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S(h)eer Show of Strength by BS Yediyurappa Amid Resignation Rumours

New Delhi: KarnatakaChief Minister BS Yediyurappa garners support from seers from the Veerashaiva community from across the state over the past two days, even as speculation of him hanging the boots as CM continues.

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In south Indian politics, caste loyalties can override party loyalties. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa garners support from seers from the Veerashaiva community from across the state over the past two days, even as speculation of him hanging the boots as CM continues.

It was on Monday morning that Rambhapuri Seer Veera Someshwara Shivacharya Swamy backed Yediyurappa and said that the BJP would face grave consequences if BSY if Yediyurappa doesn’t continue as CM.

“Whatever people may say or do, we have confidence that BS Yediyurappa will continue as Chief Minister till his tenure ends. If, by chance, there is a change for some reason, the effect it will have on the BJP is a grave one, that nobody will ever be able to forget,” the seer said.

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In this backdrop, a delegation of seers met Yediyurappa at his residence the next consecutive days. On Tuesday, the delegation led by Dingaleshwara Swamy of the Moorusavira Mutt met BS Yediyurappa. They spoke for nearly 40 minutes before the seers addressed the media and said “the concern of Mutt heads is that in this state If the BJP is in power, it’s because of the efforts of BS Yediyurappa and his close subordinates.”

“He brought the party from scratch to the seat of power. Previously as well, they did not let him complete his term. Even now this pain is felt by one and all,” Dingaleshwara Swamy said.

He also warned saying if the leadership is changed, the party will be destroyed in the state.

“If BSY is charged, then mostly the BJP will be destroyed in the state. This is not being said only by us but it’s the voice of the people as well,” he added.

Seers from Sringeri in Chikkamagaluru district and Tumakuru mutt raised their voice and supported BSY.

“The central government has been continously meddling with the administrative affairs in kanataka. In this scenario no government will be at a liberty of giving good governance,” Sanehalli seer from Sringeri mutt said, much like a warning to the centre.

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On Wednesday, over three dozen seers met with CM BS Yediyurappa led by Siddalinga Swamiji of the Siddaganga mutt. They discussed on the leadership change and extended their support to him.

“We asked him about resignation. He didn’t say anything. He should continue as CM, let him finish the full tenure and later there can be chances of any change. It’s not the right time for change, there’s monsoon and corona third wave. One can’t give a good govt if you change CM now,” the seer said.

This move by Yediyurappa came in as a show of strength to the high command and that he cannot be replaced easily. BSY has been planning his moves tactically so that he garners support and sends a clear message to the centre about his stature in the state but at the same time maintaining that he would bow down to the high command.

Interestingly, Rajya Sabha BJP MP Subramanian Swamy tweeted in support of BS Yediyurappa and said that the BJP would lose its presence in the state if Yediyurappa is replaced.

“It was Yeddiruppa who first brought BJP to power in Karnataka. Some conspired to remove him since he would not be a chamcha. Without Him BJP could not return power in the State. Only upon his return to BJP could the party win again. Why repeat the same mistake?” Swamy tweeted.

In this backdrop, protests also erupted across the state, mainly in Kalaburagi. Many Veerashaiva community leaders and workers came in support of BS Yediyurappa and shouted slogans against the party high command. They burnt effigies of PM Modi and Shah and said of BSY is replaced, things would go out of hand

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