Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has offered to resign from the post amid speculation of the BJP mulling leadership change in the southern state, sources told India Ahead on Saturday.
Sources added that Yediyurappa, who had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Friday, offered to quit in a letter delivered by an emissary to the BJP high command.
Repeated open remarks by some leaders within the state BJP targeting the CM and his family with accusations of corruption and interference in administration have embarrassed the party and the government, despite warnings of disciplinary action by the leadership.
Another section of the party has reportedly been demanding the replacement of 79-year-old Yediyurappa citing his age and the need to project a new CM face ahead of assembly polls in 2023.
Asked about reports of him offering to resign, Yediyurappa, however, said: “Not at all… Yesterday, I met the PM, we discussed the development of the state and I will come back again in August. There is no value of such news.”
Yediyurappa’s meeting with PM Modi had lasted 20 minutes on Friday, following which he said the only issues discussed were pending state works, including the Mekedatu dam project over the Cauvery river. “I requested the PM to facilitate for early implementation of some state works. He has agreed for all,” he said.
An official statement issued after the meeting said the CM discussed various state issues with the PM. “During the meeting, the CM requested to declare Upper Bhadra Project as National project and also sought a financial assistance of Rs 6000 crore for Bengaluru Peripheral Ring Road project,” the statement said. He also discussed the Mekedatu project and establishing a US Consulate in the state, it added.
Yediyurappa also said he will meet some of the Center’s key ministers including Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh on Saturday.