Mumbai: Amid talks of leadership change in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yeddiyurappa on Friday said that as long as he has the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, no one can replace him.
Reacting to the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address, Yeddiyurappa said that some leaders look daydream and make almost daily statements that they will be replaced with someone in Karnataka.
“I want to use this opportunity to air rumours that as long as people are with me, and PM Modi and Home Minister Shah are supporting me, no one in the state will take my place,” he said, adding that he will come out of all legal battles as long as Shah is backing.
He said, “I am ready to face 100 legal matters. I am not worried at all because nobody other than Modi and Shah has faith in me. That will not be shaken by anyone,” he said, IANS reported.
Senior BJP MLA Basangowda Patil Yatnal recently said that the state will get a new chief minister after Ugadi on April 13, the day the state will celebrate the new year.
Yeddiyurappa, who has recently criticized Yeddyurappa, also indicated that the new chief minister would be from the northern part of the state..
“I will not go with open hands seeking a Minister’s post here onwards. I have said one of our own will come in place (of Chief Minister) who can give the Minister’s post. I have said that someone from north Karnataka will come.. it will happen…wait and watch,” the Bijapur city MLA said.
Even though the BJP has ruled out leadership change in the state and has warned its leaders against publicly discussing internal issues, the former Union minister has been making statements against the CM of Karnataka for some time and his many style of functioning but the eye is on the bar. There was also criticism.
Earlier, BJP national General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka Arun Singh had said that Yediyurappa will remain the Chief Minister of the state and also asked party leaders to refrain from making statements in public on issues relating to the party.