Will Quit When Party Asks, Alternate Leadership Already Exists in K’taka: Yediyurappa Opens up Amid Resignation Rumours

Whipping up the political drama in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday stated that he will resign from the post the day the party high command asks him to quit. His comments came amid talks about his replacement and the emergence of alternate leadership in the state.

“I will resign the day party high command asks me to quit. I do not speak about the rumours and the speculation created by some of the ministers and legislator,” he told media after paying a floral tribute to late former Chief Minister D Devaraj Urs at Vidhana Soudha, he said

“High command has given me the opportunity – I am trying to utilise it and I am trying to serve the people. I do not want to comment on the rumours of whoever speaks against me. If my high command wants me to resign, I will resign. I am myself involved working for the development of the state.”

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Yediyurappa further said that he will be the Chief Minister till the high command shows confidence in him. “I do not feel that there is no alternate leadership in BJP in Karnataka. There are many leaders who are capable,” he said.

The Chief Minister also said, he won’t agree that there was no alternate leader to replace him in the state BJP.

“I will not criticise anyone. I won’t agree that there is no alternate person. There will always be alternate persons in the state and the country, so I won’t agree that there are no alternate persons in Karnataka, but until the high command has confidence in me I will continue as the Chief Minister,” he said when asked about alternate leadership.

Recently several party leaders including CP Yogeeshwara, state Tourism Minister, senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Basangouda Patil Yatnal and MLA from BJP Hubli, Aravind Bellad have been making statements against Yediyurappa and demanded a leadership change in Karnataka.

Speaking about the MLAs and Ministers demanded him to step down, the Chief Minister said, “I do not want to talk about any issues related to the complaint against me to high command and letters written against me to the high command by some of the MLAs and the ministers.”

This is possibly the first time that the 78-year old Lingayat strongman has spoken in detail on the issue of leadership change and regarding an alternate leader to replace him in the state BJP, ever since speculations began in this regard.