BENGALURU: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa gave enough indications on Thursday that his exit was imminent and said he would abide by the BJP central leadership’s decision about his political future.
The 78-year-old Lingayat strongman added that he offered to resign two months ago to make way for others and asserted he would not name a successor even if asked to do so. Breaking his silence for the first time amid a heightened buzz that he would resign on July 26, Yediyurappa said he was awaiting instructions from the high command on Sunday.
“I haven’t got any message (regarding continuation as CM). It’s my duty to abide by what they (high command) say. I’ll continue as CM as long as they want. Whether in power or not, I’ll continue to tour the state and strengthen the party,” he said. He said he would continue working as usual.
On Friday, he is to inspect developmental works in Bengaluru. “I’ll do my duty till the end, let’s see what happens," he said. He also heaped praise on the party brass. “PM Modi, Amit Shah and JP Nadda have special love and faith in me. In our party, those over 75 years are not given any post. However, appreciating my work, they gave me an opportunity to serve as CM,” he said.
The change in tone from “nobody has asked me to resign and I will continue as CM” to “I will abide by high command’s decision” is being seen here as an indication that his exit is imminent. Asked whether a fellow Lingayat should succeed him, he said, “I won’t put any such pressure. Who should be made (the next CM) is left to the central leadership.” In New Delhi, BJP national general secretary in charge of Karnataka, Arun Singh, who had said last month that Yediyurappa would continue in office for a full term, ducked a question on leadership change. “I’ll discuss it some other time over a cup of tea,” he told reporters.