Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will remain the head of the government in Karnataka, a BJP minister has said, rubbishing reports of an internal feud in the party. The party’s national general secretary in-charge of Karnataka, Arun Singh, landed in the state on Thursday and met with some 60 MLAs, amid speculation in recent days of a possible replacement of the Chief Minister.
“There is no change in leadership. BS Yediyurappa will continue as Chief Minister. No MLA is talking about this. There are only one or two of them and we will take strict action within a few days,” Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka told news agency ANI today.
Two MLAs – Arvind Bellad and Basanagouda Patil Yatnal – have indicated they want somebody else to replace the 78-year-old Chief Minister.
“We’ll definitely take action against whoever speaks against the party. There are just two-three people who are speaking against the party. If you want to speak, speak against Congress’s failure and about good work done by PM Modi and Yediyurappa’s governments,” Mr Singh told ANI.
Mr Yediyurappa also ruled out any political crisis, even as the rumblings within the ruling BJP have come out in the open during Mr Singh’s visit to the state. He said “these people” who are making statements against him were not even allowed to meet with the party’s Karnataka in-charge when he visited the state.
The Chief Minister said the party’s high command will decide on action against MLC AH Vishwanath for his recent allegations against his son and party vice-president BY Vijayendra of interfering with the administration and corruption in an irrigation project.
“There is no political crisis at all… What is happening is just because one or two people are saying something in the media, it is creating misunderstanding… These one or two people speaking against me are not new, they have been doing it since the beginning and it is getting highlighted,” Mr Yediyurappa said.
Mr Vishwanath has openly demanded Mr Yediyurappa’s ouster, resulting in a bitter exchange with those supporting the Chief Minister, especially his political secretaries MP Renukacharya and SR Vishwanath.
With inputs from agencies