With so much specifics so far known about the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka chief minister said on Thursday, one day before the end of his two-year term, that he was expecting a message and instruction from the high command on July 25. 26, he will “do what the High Command says and focus on building the party”.
“On the 26th, there will be a special event to celebrate the achievements of this government. After that, whatever the High Command decides, I will go into it. Their decision is my decision, ”the chief minister said.
He also asked his supporters not to protest or bat for him. “I am just happy to be here. This has never happened before, ”he added. He thanked the high command for allowing the BJP’s self-imposed criteria to continue even after reaching the age of 75.
Many names make rounds as an alternative to the 78-year-old Lingayat strongman. Despite the long list of aspirants for the post, a BJP executive said the challenge for the party was to find a suitable replacement who could fill Yeddyurappa’s “big” shoes.
The BJP is said to be hoping for a generational shift in state leadership and a steady shift in power, but finding an alternative to the party’s “undeniable mass leader” in the state has never been easier. The BJP will have to strike a balance when implementing this change of leadership, as it will have to see that it does not oppose the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, which dominates its main voting base, on which Yeddyurappa is gaining considerable influence.
The Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, which is estimated to make up about 16 per cent of the state’s population, is seen as the BJP’s main support base in the state and is often opposed to the removal of Yeddyurappa. There are some reports that the party may name a surprise candidate for the chief ministership as it has been tested in other states.
Among the names making the rounds as Yeddyurappa’s successor are Union Minister Pralhat Joshi, BJP National General Secretary CD Ravi and the party’s National Organization Secretary PL Santosh. Joshi and Santosh Brahmins; Ravi, who is an MLA from Chikmagalur, said Vokalika, another dominant community in the state, is mostly concentrated in South Karnataka, where the party is trying to infiltrate.
Another Brahmin name spoken of is the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Visvesvaraya Hegde Kageri. There has been no Brahmin Chief Minister in the state since 1988 after Ramakrishna Hegde.
Karnataka Chief Minister P.S. Him.
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