The Chief Minister also said that he does not agree that there is no leader in the state BJP to replace him.
Responding to a question on attempts to remove him, Yediyurappa said, “As long as the high command in Delhi has faith in me, I will be the chief minister. The day they say they don’t want me, I will resign and work day and night for the development of the state.
Talking to reporters here, he said, “I have no illusions. They (high command) have given me an opportunity, I am trying to use this opportunity to do something better than my abilities. The rest is on the high command.
To a question on “alternate leadership”, Yediyurappa said, “I will not criticize anyone. I do not agree that there is no alternative. There will always be an option in the state and the country, so I do not agree that there is no one to replace me in Karnataka, but as long as the high command has faith in me, I will be the chief minister.
This is probably the first time that the 78-year-old leader has spoken at length on this after the change in leadership and speculations that some other leader would replace him in the state BJP.
There has been speculation for some time that the ruling BJP is trying to pressurize Yeddyurappa to oust him.
State Tourism Minister CP Yogiswar and Hubballi-Dharwad West MLA Arvind Bellad went to Delhi recently and it is said that they put forward the opinion of some MLAs against Yeddyurappa’s working style before the high command and asked them to attack the Chief Minister. requested to restrain. Since then these speculations have gained strength.
However, state BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel and Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi had ruled out the change in leadership and said Yeddyurappa would complete his term.
Yediyurappa’s son and state BJP vice-president B Y Vijender recently went to Delhi and met top party leaders, including national president J P Nadda, and is said to have requested him to rein in the disgruntled MLAs.
Earlier also there were speculations that the BJP high command is contemplating a change of leadership in Karnataka in the coming days in view of Yeddyurappa’s aging.