Bengaluru: Karnataka’s BJP state unit Chief Nalin Kumar Kateel on Monday announced the formation of a 15-member coordination committee in the state to silence rumours about party members wanting leadership change. The committee, which held its first meeting on June 7 after being set up, reiterated Kateel’s stance to support Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa as the state head.
The committee soon after the meeting stated that they will be working in coordination with the Chief Minister and they will look at the topics on which BJP leaders and workers are allowed to speak. The panel after its first review said that party workers will not be allowed to make statements for or against the BJP. In a strict tone, the panel added that no one will be allowed to speak about leadership change in Karnataka. Party members are to strictly avoid the topic of Chief Minister change.
“No one’s allowed to speak against Chief Minister. High Command has given these directions; BJP MLAs, Ministers can’t speak negatively about CM or the party,” said the Coordination Panel on Monday.
The 15 member committee has four General secretaries, three ministers and will be headed by State BJP Chief Nalin Kumar Kateel.
Karnataka BJP president Kateel on Friday (May 28) said that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was a ‘unanimous leader’ ruling out any leadership change in the state. The statement comes after several party legislators went to New Delhi demanding that the high command of BJP remove Yediyurappa from the top leadership of the state.
Yogeeshwara and Hubballi-Dharwad West MLA Arvind Bellad had visited New Delhi in order to meet the high command over the issue of administration in the state. However, Yogeshwara said that his visit to the national capital was to discuss his own future with the high command and had nothing to do about Yediyurappa’s leadership.