Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday dismissed health issues, saying he has the strength to work tirelessly for 365 days without any rest and aims to bring the BJP back to power after the 2023 elections. The Chief Minister’s statement comes amid speculation that he is suffering from a serious knee ailment and is likely to go abroad soon for his treatment. “…..I have the strength to work tirelessly for 365 without any rest. I have decided to work for at least 15 hours a day. My goal is to bring BJP back to power in the 2023 elections and I I will start preparing for it in 2022,” Bommai said in response to a question.
Talking to reporters here, he said that the BJP leaders would collectively work as a team for the elections. Asked about BJP’s state in-charge national general secretary Arun Singh’s recent statement that the party will contest the assembly elections under his leadership, Bommai said, “He is a Delhi level leader.. He has placed this faith in me. I thank you.” We in BJP work together as a team and collectively, it is team work, because I am the chief minister, he has said so.” He said that there is complete coordination and good relations between the government and the party and we will take it forward.
For some time now, there have been rumors of a change of leadership in the state and Bommai’s possible exit from the top post. Bommai on Monday termed the speculation about the “change” as a creation of the media. Even the party leadership has rejected such talks.
The chief minister is in the city to attend a two-day BJP state executive meeting, which is also being attended by Singh and several party leaders. Stating that the meeting will discuss the party’s organizing and political developments in the coming days, Bommai said there is a possibility of taking some important decisions as well.
When asked about the cabinet expansion and reshuffle, he said, “I don’t want to comment on it right now…”