Four-time Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced his resignation amid speculations of a change of leadership in Karnataka. For the past several weeks, there were speculations that Yeddyurappa may quit and hand over the reins to someone else.
New Delhi: Four-time Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced his resignation amid speculations of a change of leadership in Karnataka. For the past several weeks, there were speculations that Yeddyurappa may quit and hand over the reins to someone else.
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"I have decided to resign. I will meet the Karnataka governor after lunch," Yediyurappa said in a program to commemorate the completion of two years of his government.
Last week, Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa, while talking to media persons, had clarified that the final decision will be taken by the BJP high command.
"I will abide by his every decision. I have no problem with the next Karnataka chief minister, whether he is from the Dalit community or any other community. I will accept the decision," he said.
"I have decided to resign. I will meet the Governor after lunch: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa at a program to mark the celebration of 2 years of his govt pic.twitter.com/sOn0lXAfeD
BM Yediyurappa hails from the Lingayat community, the largest community in Karnataka comprising about 17 per cent of the population. This community can determine the outcome of 35 to 40 per cent assembly seats.
According to sources, replacing Yeddyurappa - who has a strong hold in the Lingayat community - with a CM from any other community will not be politically favourable for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Meanwhile, the names of many leaders are doing the rounds as probable candidates for the post of Karnataka chief minister. The Panchmasali Lingayat community has been demanding the chief minister's post for several months. BJP leaders from the community, including Basanagouda Ramanagouda Patil Yatnal, Arvind Bellad and Murugesh Nirani, are considered to be the frontrunners in the race. Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai is also rumoured to be in the race for the post.
On Sunday, seers from various Lingayat monasteries held a conference at the Palace Ground in Bengaluru and extended their support to Yeddyurappa. Dingleswara Swamy of Balhosur Math said Yeddyurappa should not be replaced.
"A solution must be found under Yediyurappa ji's leadership. He should not be removed. If he is removed, Karnataka will face more problems," he said.