Amid talks of a possible change of guard in Karnataka, BJP president J P Nadda on Sunday dismissed any leadership crisis in the southern state, saying that Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has done good work.
According to PTI, speaking to media persons in Panaji at the end of his two-day Goa visit, Nadda said, “Yediyurappa has done good work. Karnataka is doing well. Yediyurappa is taking care of the things in his own way." Ruling out any leadership crisis in Karnataka, Nadda said, “That is what you feel. We don’t feel so."
Nadda’s remarks assume significance as they came hours after the Karnataka CM said he will take an appropriate decision regarding his continuation once he receives directions from the BJP high command on Sunday evening. “If it comes, you will also get to know about it; once it comes I will take an appropriate decision," Yediyurappa said in response to a question on when the directions from the party high command in Delhi were expected.
To a question on pontiffs holding a mega conclave in Bengaluru on Sunday, which is seen as expressing solidarity with him, he said, “There is no need for pontiffs to hold any meet, I have confidence in PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national President J P Nadda."
Questioned about a Dalit chief minister replacing him, Yediyurappa said, “I’m not the one to decide about it, it is for the high command to decide. Let’s first see what decision they will take today…" The chief minister added that if people were satisfied with his work, “that’s enough for me”.
Indicating that Monday might be his last day in office, Yediyurappa had recently said that based on the instructions that the central leaders will give him on July 25, he will get on with “his work" from July 26.
His government will complete two years in office on July 26. Meanwhile, scores of pontiffs are expected to participate in a “mega conclave" to be held here on Sunday, coinciding with the possible decision by the BJP central leadership on his exit.
Dingaleshwar Swamiji of Balehosur mutt, who had held a press meet here on July 23 to inform about the conclave with other Swamijis, had refused to connect the event directly with the possible leadership change, but it is being widely seen as an attempt to muster support to Yediyurappa and send out a message. Yediyurappa is in flood and rain ravaged Belagavi district to review the relief and rescue operation there.
Noting that he will be visiting people affected by rains and floods, the Chief Minister said after visiting some affected villages and analysing the situation there, he will be heading back to Bengaluru. “Rains have receded both yesterday and today and if the situation continues in the same way for the next couple of days, I’m confident that things will come under control," he said, adding that rains receding in Maharashtra is a good sign.