'Not at all true': Yediyurappa on resignation rumours a day after meeting PM Modi
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday dismissed rumours surrounding his resignation and said that he will work to bring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) back to power in the next assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2023. BS Yediyurappa scotched speculations surrounding his chief ministership amid talks of leadership change in the state as he visited Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital on Friday.
On being asked if he has tendered his resignation, Yediyurappa said, "Not at all. Not at all." "There is no truth in the rumour," the CM said at the Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi.
On Saturday, Yediyurappa met the party chief JP Nadda in Delhi and said he will work to ensure BJP retains power in Karnataka.
"We discussed in detail the development of the party in Karnataka. He has a very good opinion of me. I will work for the party to come back to power in the state again," Yediyurappa said, reported news agency ANI.
Shortly after his meet with Nadda, Yediyurappa shared a photo on Twitter. "Called on @BJP4India National President Shri @JPNadda ji in New Delhi today. Discussed on various matters including further strengthening the party's prospects in Karnataka ahead of 2023 general elections," he tweeted.
Yediyurappa is likely to meet Union home minister Amit Shah and defence minister Rajnath Singh. He will return to Bengaluru on Saturday after meeting the BJP chief and the Union ministers.
On Friday, Yediyurappa had met PM Modi and discussed pending state works, including the Mekedatu project across river Cauvery.
The chief minister’s visit comes at a time amid swirling rumours of the BJP looking at the possibility of a leadership change. Yediyurappa’s camp has rejected this speculation.
His critics insist that his continuation threatens to dent the party’s chances in the 2023 assembly elections. Yediyurappa has made it clear that he would like to remain in power till 2023 and, people aware of the developments said that the 78-year-old is hoping to place his two sons in prominent roles in the government and the party.
In his meet with PM Modi, Yediyurappa was flanked by his two sons, BY Vijayendra, BY Raghavendra; grandson Shashidhar Maradi; BJP MLC Leher Singh and two others. People aware of the developments asked why the chief minister chose not to take any officials with him if the agenda was indeed to seek support for developmental works.
In the run-up to the 2023 elections, it will be seen how the BJP high command intends to handle the rebels and Yediyurappa, who is credited with building the party in Karnataka over the last four decades. His unceremonious exit in 2012 removed the BJP from power in the only state in the south of the country where the party has been able to gain a firm foothold in recent decades.