Bengaluru: Putting a stop to speculation about the change of leadership in Karnataka, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said ‘Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will continue…’. Another BJP leader, former Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda also said there was no “chance” of leadership change in Karnataka as the BJP central leadership was pleased with the developmental activities and the handling of Covid-19 in the state.
“Chief Minister is going to continue, he himself has said it. Our in-charge Arun Singh had also said it. Through all these speculations and rumours they are trying to create political instability.” “Chief Minister is very strong, he is our leader and he will continue to be the Chief Minister,” Bommai was quoted by ANI on Wednesday.
“I don’t think there is any truth in the ongoing discussion about the leadership change because these are the decisions which are taken by our central level leaders keeping in view the political situation in the states,” the former Chief Minister Gowda, while interacting with the reporters.
“I feel that there is no chance for leadership change. Rest is left to the national level leaders,” Gowda said.
Amid speculation in some quarters that replacement of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is on the cards, Gowda, a BJP MP from Bengaluru North, said he does not believe that there was any such move in the offing.
Last month, BJP MLAs and ministers had demanded that Yediyurappa must step down as chief minister. State Tourism Minister CP Yogeeshwara in a statement had said that instead of the Chief Minister, his son has been ruling and controlling the Ministries of Karnataka.
BJP MLC AH Vishwanath had also said that 80 per cent of BJP legislators, who met the national general secretary in charge of the State Arun Singh, felt that leadership in the state should be changed.
Yediyurappa, however, denied the allegations and said that confusion among members would be cleared.
According to Gowda, steps taken by the Chief Minister during the Covid-19 pandemic and Karnataka’s strides in developmental activities have been appreciated and there was no reason to remove him.
“It is my strong gut feeling that there is absolutely no chance of leadership change. These are all speculations,” he said.
On why pontiffs of various Lingayat Matts were rallying behind Yediyurappa amid speculation around leadership change, Gowda said, “Whenever we do some good work, people appreciate it. As a result, people stand in his favour.”
When asked to comment about the purported audio of BJP state chief Nalin Kumar Kateel hinting at a possible leadership change and formation of a new team, he said there was no need for it as the former himself has disowned it by calling it fake.
According to him, the people of the state are standing behind Yediyurappa due to his policies and his “way of governance”.
Yediyurappa, a Lingayat strongman, has dismissed talks about leadership change as baseless.
A large number of Lingayat pontiffs have called on Yediyurappa and extended their support and even cautioned about political fallout for the BJP if he was removed from the Chief Minister’s post.
(Inputs from ANI and PTI)