Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the new chief minister of Karnataka would be elected on the basis of consensus and the outgoing BS Yeddyurappa would also be consulted.
"We will be talking to all the senior leaders there (Karnataka), including Yeddyurappa ji and will try to select a leader based on consensus," Singh told a news channel here before leaving for Karnataka.
"He is a senior leader of Karnataka and will definitely participate in the talks," Singh added about Yeddyurappa, who was Thursday asked to quit by the BJP after he was indicted by the Lokayukta in connection with illegal mining.
When asked whether the new chief minister would be a legislator or an MP, Singh said, "I can't say anything right now."
Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde has sought Yeddyurappa's trial for graft in the illegal mining scam that has caused a loss of over Rs 16,000 crore to the state.
Over 12 hours after the BJP directed him to quit immediately, Yeddyurappa announced that he would resign July 31 and work for the party.