BSY's meeting with Modi creates buzz over leadership change

BSY's meeting with Modi creates buzz over leadership change

BENGALURU: Speculation was rife on change of leadership in the state with the sudden visit of Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa to Delhi on Friday afternoon to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. 

Highly placed sources in BJP central leadership confirmed to that a change of leadership in the state is imminent, party central leadership would facilitate a smooth transfer of power. 

“Party central leadership has informed the Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa regarding change of leadership. He was the only Chief Minister in BJP ruled states get relaxation of age to hold a position in the party. Considering his contribution regarding bringing the party to the power in Karnataka, the party would give him honourable exit”, said BJP national leader on condition of anonymity. 

“We had discussed in party platform on many occasions regarding change of leadership issue. In the interest of the party and state, we have discussed the same at the party organization-level and that discussion cannot be disclosed in public”, the leader added. 

“Party has definitely alternative leaders in Karnataka. One good worker can be a good leader. It has proved in previous instances. After Ataljee, we got leadership under Narendra Modi. With the existence of one leader at the helm of affairs, the party will not search for alternative leader. Definitely, we have good leaders in the party”, he remarked. 

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Loyalists of Yediyurappa said that CM will meet BJP National Party President J.P. Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, seeking their nod for Cabinet rejig. Mr. Yediyurappa will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek his permission to go ahead with the Mekedatu project, said loyalist MLA of Mr. Yediyurappa. 

Mr. Yediyurappa is completing two years term at the office on July 26, he has decided to rejig his ministry by inducting Rajarajeshwarinagra MLA, Munirathna. Mr. Munirathna who defected Congress and played key role in bringing down the Kumaraswamy government. 

Sources also said that many aspirants are keen to join BSY cabinet. Yelahanka MLA, S.R. Vishwanath, Pratap Gowda Patil, With the resignation of ministers Ramesh Jarakiholi and H. Nagesh, there are two vacancies in the cabinet. 

Meanwhile, detractors of Yediyurappa having a keen watch on BSY visit to Delhi. Party rebel MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal said that leadership change in the state would happen. Party central leadership will ask Yediyurappa to step down. 

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