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‘Yediyurappa has done good work’: Nadda plays down churn in Karnataka BJP

However, party sources confirmed to Indianexpress.com that Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Pralhad Joshi and state Mines and Geology minister Murugesh Nirani were summoned to Delhi by the High Command on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 25, 2021 8:29:15 pm
BJP National President J.P. Nadda addresses MPs and BJP Legislature Party meeting of Goa Pradesh. (PTI Photo)

Amid speculation about a change of guard in Karnataka, BJP national president J P Nadda ruled out any leadership crisis in the state and said that incumbent Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has “done good work”.

“Yediyurappaji has done good work. Karnataka is being run well. He is taking care of things in his own way,” Nadda said in Panaji. To a query pinpointing to the leadership crisis in the state, he replied, “That is what you (media) feel. We (BJP leadership) don’t feel so.”

However, party sources confirmed to Indianexpress.com that Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Pralhad Joshi and state Mines and Geology minister Murugesh Nirani were summoned to Delhi by the High Command on Sunday. Also among the speculated frontrunners for the CM’s post, these leaders are expected to be in the national capital by the same time Yediyurappa reaches back in the state capital from Belagavi.

Earlier today, Yediyurappa said he expects to receive a message from the BJP high command about his political future by Sunday evening.

Responding to queries by reporters, he said, “By evening, once it (communication from the BJP high command) comes, you will also get to know about it. I will take an appropriate decision following it.”

Through weeks of speculation, the Chief Minister has always maintained that he has not been asked to resign and will do as the party leadership asks him to.

When asked whether a Dalit would be his successor as CM, the 78-year-old BJP leader said, “The high command shall decide on it. I am not the one to take any calls.”

Further, replying to another query on whether he was aware of Lingayat seers planning to hold a ‘mega conclave in Bengaluru’ to announce support towards him, Yediyurappa said, “There is no need for them (seers) to hold any meeting as I have confidence in PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda. However, let us first wait for today’s decision.”

Meanwhile, sources in the BJP have said that the top leadership is looking for a candidate who is independent-minded, will not get swayed by various interest groups inside or outside the party, and will command the respect of party legislators and implement the party’s governance agenda.

Several state leaders have been travelling to Delhi to espouse their cases even as the state BJP has indicated that the party leadership is yet to finalise a candidate to replace Yediyurappa.

Yediyurappa further informed that he will head back to Bengaluru soon after visiting some of the flood-hit villages in Belagavi.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition and former CM Siddarmaiah had urged the ruling BJP to announce a Dalit leader as the next chief minister, alleging that the party was otherwise averse to the community if not for some statements made by leaders, including state BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel.

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