Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has clearly dismissed rumours about his resignation, saying it is not at all true. “Not at all. Not at all,” Yediyurappa told reporters at the Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi when asked if he has resigned.
There is no truth in the rumour, asserted the chief minister, who will return to Bengaluruy after meeting the BJP chief and the Union ministers.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa met BJP national president JP Nadda . Later addressing the media , He said, No one asked me for my resignation. No such situation arose. There was no discussion over leadership change in the state, said the CM
On Friday, Yediyurappa had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed pending state works, including Mekedatu project across river Cauvery.
The meeting came at a time political circles are abuzz with speculations of Yediyurappa being replaced as the chief minister.
Repeated open remarks by some disgruntled leaders within the Karnataka BJP targeting him and his family with accusations of corruption and interference in administration have embarrassed the party and the government, despite warnings of disciplinary action by the leadership.
Another section of the party is demanding the replacement of Yediyurappa, 79, citing his age and the need of projecting a new CM face ahead of assembly polls in 2023, sources had said.
On a possible cabinet rejig, Yediyurappa, before the meeting with the prime minister, had said, “I will tell you if there is any such discussion with (party) seniors over the restructuring or expansion of the Cabinet.”
An official statement issued after the Friday meeting had said the chief minister discussed various state issues with the prime minister.