Bangalore: Speculations of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s resignation are rife, with a Bharatiya Janata Party leader on Wednesday appealing to party workers and supporters not to protest or issue statements despite any political developments.
“I am privileged to be a loyal worker of BJP. It is my utmost honor to serve the party with the highest standards of ethics and behavior. I urge everyone to act according to the party’s ethics and not indulge in protest or indiscipline. Which is insulting. and shameful for the party,” he tweeted.
He wrote in Kannada, “The party is equal to my mother. Affection should not cross its limits. Disrespect towards the party will be very painful for me. I hope my well-wishers will understand my feelings in this regard.”
Siddaganga Mutt’s saint Siddalinga Swamy, who led a delegation of saints to meet the Karnataka Chief Minister, said: “He (CM) told us that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda were there for him. He holds special respect. He did not allow anyone over the age of 75 to rule.”
“The CM also said that he will work for the party till his last breath,” he said.
Earlier, sources told ABP News that CM BS Yediyurappa is likely to resign citing age and health-related reasons. He said he would continue to deny the reports till the development is finalized and the party leadership will decide when to officially announce the resignation.
CM Yediyurappa recently gave impetus to the speculation after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The official reason for the meeting was said to be to discuss “pending development projects” related to the state. After meeting PM Narendra Modi, he met BJP President JP Nadda.
After meeting PM Modi, Yediyurpa said he was unaware of any leadership change in Karnataka.
Responding to a question, he told media persons, “I don’t know anything about leadership change, you must say. In my discussion with PM Modi, I had asked him for permission to carry out pending development works in the state.”
Sources said a decision on who would be the next Chief Minister of Karnataka would be taken soon. Prominent candidates being considered include Prahlad Joshi, BL Santosh, Laxman Savadi and Murugesh Nirani.
(with agency input)