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No Leadership Change, BS Yediyurappa To Complete Term: Karnataka BJP Chief

No Leadership Change, BS Yediyurappa To Complete Term: Karnataka BJP Chief

Bengaluru: 

Ruling out a change in leadership, Karnataka BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel asserted that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is a “unanimous leader” and will complete the term, as he instructed party MLAs not to indulge in any activities other than COVID-19 management.

He also ruled out any immediate possibility of holding a legislature party meeting, due to COVID-19, and said an explanation will be sought from Tourism Minister CP Yogeeshwara about his open expression of disgruntlement.

“There is no change, Yediyurappa ji is our unanimous leader. The centre (central leadership) has already made it clear that there is no change, there is no such discussion…. it is not the subject of discussion in the party,” Mr Kateel said.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said, speculation about leadership change started ever since the 78-year-old Lingayat leader took charge as the Chief Minister, and reiterated that “Yediyurappa has completed two years and will complete the remaining term too.”

“There is no change. Covid management is the responsibility of every legislator, public representative and party worker.The Chief Minister is involved in it, all our leaders too are involved,” he said.

There have been reports of speculations that efforts were on within the ruling BJP to exert pressure for unseating Mr Yediyurappa.

Recent activities such as visit by Mr Yogeeshwara and Hubballi-Dharwad West MLA Arvind Bellad to Delhi, reportedly with an intention to meet the high command and express the feeling of some legislators against Mr Yediyurappa’s style of functioning and request them to rein in the Chief Minister, has given credibility to such speculation, reported news agency PTI.

Also, citing certain decisions taken by the government, its handling of COVID-19 crisis, and alleged instances of corruption, a few MLAs are said to be pushing for convening a legislature party meeting after June 7, the last day of the lockdown.

Ruling out any legislature party meeting immediately, Mr Kateel said, “until COVID-19 ends, party will not call any meeting….”

News Source: NDTV News

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