Bengaluru: Amid the buzz about the likelihood of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa stepping down from his position, purportedly on instructions of the BJP high command, Congress MLAs and seers heading Lingayat mutts in Karnataka have come out in his support.
They have said that his removal would be the “end of BJP in Karnataka”.
Meanwhile, Yediyurappa said he said that he had not been asked to resign so far but would abide by the party’s decision on July 26. He also urged his colleagues to not indulge in protest or indiscipline.
“I urge everyone to act in accordance with party ethics & not indulge in protests/indiscipline that is disrespectful& embarrassing for the party,” he tweeted.
The show of strength was expected, considering that Yediyurappa is a Lingayat, which comprises nearly 17 per cent of Karnataka’s population and is highly influential in the region.
A day earlier, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, too, had cautioned the party against removing Yediyurappa, crediting him for bringing the party to power in the state. Yediyurappa is the only BJP chief minister in South India.
On Wednesday, Yediyurappa had, in his tweet, said, “I am privileged to be a loyal worker of BJP. It is my utmost honour to serve the party with highest standards of ethics and behaviour. I urge everyone to act in accordance with party ethics and not indulge in protests/indiscipline that is disrespectful and embarrassing for the party”.
The Karnataka CM’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently had triggered rumours about his exit from the CM’s office.
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