Karnataka BJP ministers scared of BS Yeddyurappa’s departure

In 2019, 17 MLAs jumped from the coalition government, almost all joining the BJP (File)

Bangalore:

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s indications that the upcoming weekend may be his last as chief minister has rattled those joining the BJP from the Congress and Janata Dal Secular, toppling the HD Kumaraswamy-led government.

Rewarded with a ministerial berth in Mr Yediyurappa’s government, he is now in the grip of uncertainty as the chief minister hinted at the possibility of stepping down.

The ministers, who were keeping a close watch on the developments, had met the chief minister this evening after the cabinet meeting.

High profile health minister, who was earlier with Congress, Dr K Sudhakar said, “After the cabinet meeting, some ministers went to the CM’s chambers. We wanted to know about the statement made by him in front of the media. In the morning. “.

He said the chief minister has made it clear that “the 25th – after his two-year tenure as the chief minister – will abide by whatever direction the high command gives him”.

Asked what this would mean for this group of leaders, Dr. Sudhakar said, “Our leader, Mr. Yediyurappa, we had faith in him and we have come. At the same time we all as a party follow the principles of the BJP. , agreed with the ideology. That is the basic premise for which we have come. Not just for power or for any one person.”

Asked whether he would resign if Mr Yediyurappa quits, another former Congressman, Agriculture Minister, BC Patil said: “Why should we resign? What happened? Without any reason, who will resign? Someone mad? No. No one is a fool here. We are all respected people. We are all MLAs, ministers. Why should we resign?”

In 2019, 17 MLAs jumped from that coalition government, with almost all of them joining the BJP. Most of them contested by-elections on their old seats and many were given cabinet berths that Mr. Yediyurappa had reportedly promised.

Reports of Mr Yediyurappa’s possible replacement peaked last week, when he reached Delhi and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top party leaders.

Mr Yediyurappa has so far denied that he can be replaced and insisted that the party leadership has not taken up the issue.

But earlier today he told reporters, “When the instructions come, I will leave the party and work for the party. As long as you say, I will be the chief minister. When you say no – I will work for the state. I am.” Going to check the storm surge of roads and drains… let’s see what happens on the 25th.”

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