New Delhi: BJP MLC AH Vishwanath on Thursday, expressed his dissatisfaction with the Yediyurappa-led government and sought a change in leadership in Karnataka during his meet with the state party in-charge Arun Singh in Bengaluru. Alleging interference by Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa’s son in running the government, Vishwanath said “change in leadership was inevitable” during his interaction with the press.
“We have to change the CM as he’s old and he’s not able to handle it now. It’s his son who’s interfering in all the departments,” the MLC H Vishwanath said.
“Public opinion about Government and party has become negative. This is not good. Mr Yediyurappa’s age, health; he’s not in spirit to run govt as Chief Minister. Under his guidance, accommodate someone else in that place. Family intervention in administration has become worse, I have spoken to Arun Singh about this, “BJP MLC AH Vishwanath was quoted by ANI saying on Thursday.
Vishwanath was one of the 17 MLAs whose defection had led to the fall of the HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) alliance government. In July 2019, HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government lost the majority in Karnataka Assembly. Soon after, he was disqualified under the anti-defection law and was later nominated to the upper house.
The former JD(S) leader however could not get a ministerial berth in the BSY government in 2019. Vishwanath is also one of the first BJP leaders who openly sought leadership change as central observer Arun Singh met BJP ministers and legislators in Bangalore on Thursday.
Soon after this, CM’s political secretary Renukacharya hit out at H Vishwanath and other leaders who spoke against CM BS Yediyurappa.
“We’re with the CM. We will be meeting Arun Singh. We will tell him about who all are against the party and spoken against the leadership. They’re not fit to be an MLA. 2018 mandate was for BJP under the leadership of BSY. Only a few are against BSY but others are with him. Whoever has spoken against the CM, strict action should be initiated,” he said.
Karnataka BJP in-charge Arun Singh who arrived on a 3-day state visit on June 16, reached Kumara Krupa Guest House in Bengaluru on Thursday, will also hold meetings with state ministers Umesh Katti, KC Narayana Gowda, Shashikala Jolle, and Kota Srinivas Poojary. Arun Singh will also hold a core committee meeting of the party on June 18.
(With inputs from ANI)