Well, looks like there's no end of trouble brewing in Karnataka as far as unseating of CM BS Yediyurappa is concerned. With the current political scenario not being very conducive for the chief minister, Arun Singh, in charge of Karnataka's BJP unit on Thursday rubbished the speculations that the top brass was considering a change in the leadership and instead said that BS Yediyurappa has proved his mettle as a CM for the state and that he will continue till his tenure ends.
“Yediyurappaji is the CM and he will remain the CM. He has done good work during the pandemic. He, his ministers, and his MLAs have done a good job”.
Though Arun Singh sounded confident of the fact that there won’t be a leadership change in the state, he also said that he will be arriving in Bengaluru next week to dissolve the dissidence amongst the disgruntled leaders.
“Good if he has expressed his confidence in party high command. Every state unit has this kind of confidence in party high command, what is wrong with it? I will be visiting Bengaluru next week. I will talk to the disgruntled leaders and discuss with them to find out why such statements were given in public. We will sit and sort out the matter. Yediyurappa will continue as CM”.
Top sources in the BJP, Delhi, confirmed that the leadership change decision was taken after disgruntled leaders constantly raised issues with BS Yediyurappa's style of ruling with the top brass.
“As a ritual, Arun Singh will arrive in Bengaluru. He will meet the party cadres and return with a report. He will speak to all the party leaders and report back saying, everything’s well in Karnataka’s BJP unit. But this issue will resurface again. The central leadership in Delhi wants the uncertainty to continue. However, there’s also a problem. The top command is left with no choice. BJP in Karnataka doesn't have a face. They feel that there is no one with leadership qualities in Karnataka"
Speculations on unseating BS Yediyurappa has been doing the rounds for quite some time now, and last week, for the first BS Yediyurappa broke his silence that he would step down as the CM if the central leadership demanded. A day after this, on Monday, MLA and Political Secretary of CM, Renukacharya indulged in a signature campaign by getting 65 party leaders to pledge loyalty by signing on a piece of paper.
“Top brass in Delhi has considered the change in leadership in Karnataka as they consider him to be incompetent. But it is not very easy. BS Yediyurappa is adamant. He has requested a chance to complete his term. The only reason for a change that Delhi command is looking at is because they feel BS Yediyurappa is incompetent now”.
Suspecting Cabinet Minister CP Yogeshwar’s role in starting up the speculations on leadership change and attempting efforts to unseat BS Yediyurappa, the Karnataka government formed a committee to ensure party men don't speak against CM. The committee that comprises CM BS Yediyurappa, state BJP Chief, four general secretaries, and three ministers has been set up to ensure nobody speaks about leadership change in the state.