Political circles are abuzz with speculation of BS Yediyurappa being replaced as the chief minister of Karnataka. Some reports also said that he has offered to resign from his post citing ill health. However, on Saturday, following a meeting with BJP chief J P Nadda, Yediyurappa dismissed the rumours and asserted that these were not at all true.
Yediyurappa said that Nadda had told him to strengthen the party and bringing it back to power in the state. They also discussed about the development of the BJP in Karnataka. Yediruappa had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and discussed pending state works. He will also be meeting Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah.
"We discussed about the development of the party in the state. He asked me to give special emphasis on bringing the BJP back to power in Karnataka. The same was told by the prime minister also. A detailed discussion happened," Yediyurappa said after his meeting with the BJP president.
Earlier, talking to reporters at the Karnataka Bhavan here, Yediyurappa dismissed rumours about his resignation.
"Not at all. Not at all," Yediyurappa said when asked if he has resigned.
"So far no one has asked to resign. If there are any news, there is no value to it. It is the duty of a CM to come to Delhi to discuss state issues and get clearance, I will come again in the first week of August," he had said.
The rumours of Yediyurappa being replaced started doing the rounds after repeated open remarks by some disgruntled leaders within the Karnataka BJP targeting him and his family with accusations of corruption. Another section of the party is demanding the replacement of Yediyurappa (79) citing his age.
Assembly elections in the state are slated to take place in 2023.