Bengaluru: Amid speculation over a possible leadership change in the Karnataka BJP, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday said that he has never been told to resign, if such orders do come, he will resign and work for the party.
“Till now I’ve not been told to resign. When the direction comes I’ll quit and go work for party,” said BS Yediyurappa. On the issue, he further said, “I’ve not recommended any name. High command has not said anything to me.”
He further added that an event will be organised on July 26 on completion of two years of his government, and said that he will abide by the party high command decision and will follow BJP President JP Nadda’s orders.
“There is an event on July 26th on completion of two years of our government here. After this, I will follow whatever JP Nadda will decide. It is my duty to bring back BJP to power. I urge party workers and seers to cooperate.”
He said that after July 26, the party leadership will decide after he finishes two-year tenure.
“I’m waiting for 25 July. On 26 July two years tenure is finished. It’ll be about what work I’ve done,” he said, “During the last meeting in Delhi, they didn’t tell me anything. Let’s see what will happen post July 26.”
“It is not proper to give any statements, agitations or protests in my favour. Without doing it, you have to support me, this I humbly pray to all. All the pontiffs of various Math have blessed me and extended their support, which I will never forget in my life. With their blessings, I will do whatever my party leadership decides,” he added.
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 also said that 80 per cent of BJP legislators, who met the national general secretary in charge of the State Arun Singh, were of the view that leadership in the state should be changed.
(with inputs from ANI)