On his first visit to Karnataka since changes in the state leadership, Union Home Minister Amit Shah showered praises on new Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and expressed confidence about the BJP returning to power under his leadership. Shah also said that veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa had stepped aside from the CM’s post in July on his own.
“Yediyurappaji recently decided to make way for a new person and a new leader to take responsibility for Karnataka. The BJP decided to give Basavaraj Bommai the responsibility,” Shah said at a public event in the city of Davangere on Thursday.
The minister attended the wedding of the elder daughter of Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi in Hubli. He also attended an event at the GMIT college campus in Davangere to inaugurate a few projects.
“If a period of development has started in Karnataka then it is under the BJP and Yediyurappaji… I am fully confident that under Bommai’s leadership, Karnataka will get a BJP government with a full mandate in the next polls,” Shah said in the presence of Bommai. “Bommai has focused on small things. He has not embraced the VVIP culture. He has been in power only a short while. In Delhi, those who observe Karnataka closely are of the view that the BJP has strengthened itself after making Basavaraj Bommai the chief minister,” he said.
Incidentally, the minister’s vote of confidence in Bommai’s leadership has come at a time when the veteran leader Yediyurappa has expressed a desire to travel across the state to build the BJP’s prospects for the 2023 polls. However, he is yet to get a green signal from the BJP leadership to tour the state on behalf of the party and has been confined to his home district of Shimoga in recent days.
The BJP leadership is of the view that Yediyurappa should garner support for the party in the company of Bommai or state party president Nalin Kumar Kateel since they do not command the mass support that the Lingayat leader does in several regions.