Bengaluru: Dropping enough hints that he would resign as the Chief Minister, Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Thursday said that he would resign if the BJP’s central leaders asked him to do so.
Yediyurappa told reporters he was ready to accept any decision made by the BJP high command after July 25, as he would be completing two years in office on July 26.
“I appeal to my supporters not to protest against any decision taken by my party central leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah (Home Minister) and our national President J.P. Nadda have special love and faith towards me. I will receive their decision on July 25 and based on that I will resume my new assignment on July 26 onwards,” he said.
He added that as you (Media) all are aware that no position is given in our party to those who have crossed 75 years of age, but appreciating his work they (party central leaders) have given him an opportunity despite him crossing 78 years.
He reiterated that irrespective of the party central leader’s decision, his decision to bring the BJP back to power in 2023 will remain undiluted. “This is my firm commitment to my party,” the CM said.
Yediyurappa, BJP’s first Chief Minister in south India, has almost completed two years in office since he took over from the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition in July 2019.
He has been facing dissidence from within the BJP in the state. Some leaders including MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, Tourism Minister C.P. Yogeshwar, Aravind Bellad and MLC A.H. Vishwanath have openly spoken against him, despite warnings of disciplinary action by the leadership.