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Party Meets to Mull Over Yediyurappa’s Successor

Party meeting held to discuss about Karnataka’s next CM…Get the details

Wednesday, 28th July 2021

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka is all set to hold a crucial meeting a day after the state’s Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa stepped down from his post, to decide on his successor.

The meeting will have in attendance as observers, the Union minister of education Dharmendra Pradhan and minister of development of northeastern region of India G Kishen Reddy.

Also Read: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Steps Down, Gets Emotional as he Bids Adieu

According to senior members of the party, the likely candidates for the next chief minister of Karnataka are Union minister Pralhad Joshi, BJP national general secretary CT Ravi, national organising secretary BL Santhosh and assembly speaker Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri.

Joshi, Santosh and Kageri are Brahmins; Ravi, the MLA from Chikkamagaluru, is a Vokkaliga, the state’s second-largest community that is concentrated in its southern parts, where the party is trying to make inroads.

Other contenders whose names have come up for the post are mining minister Murugesh Nirani, industries minister Jagadish Shettar and MLAs Arvind Bellad and Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, if the party decides to give Yediyurappa's seat to another leader from the dominant Veerashaiva-Lingayat community. The community however, has not taken BS Yediyurappa’s resignation in good stride.

The 78-year old four term chief minister of Karnataka, Yediyurappa has announced his decision to resign from his post in an emotional speech he made on Monday on the occasion marking the government’s completion of two years in the state.

The leader said he had been constantly battling the party’s criticism, questioning and public attacks for the past three months now.

Stating, his resignation was “voluntary” and thanking the party, Yediyurappa said, “I’m not sad. I’m happy. I can’t thank in words PM Modi, Amit Shah, and JP Nadda to let me be the chief minister even though I was over 75 years,” and added, “There is no question of political retirement for any reason, I’m with the karyakartas and the people.”

Yediyurappa is credited for his body of work that he has put in for the party over the years. He is said to have one of the ministers who built the BJP from the grassroots back in the 2000s and taking the party to its first victory in Karnataka in 2008. The Lingayats, that make for 16 per cent of the state’s population, have given Yediyurappa a strong backing.

The News Talkie Bureau




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