BJP’s supreme headquarters will remove Yediyurappa because the Chief Minister of Karnataka in April this year, said former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday. Siddaramaiah’s statement comes each day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Yediyurappa would continue because the CM of the state and complete his term till 2023.

Speaking to the media, Siddaramaiah said, “After April, Yediyurappa are going to be faraway from the Chief Minister chair. i’m saying this supported credible information from my sources within the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). Amit Shah has announced that Yediyurappa would continue because the CM. Will any political party’s leaders say there would be a change in leadership? it might become difficult for the govt to function if they are doing . But I even have information that Yediyurappa are going to be removed.”

On January 13, Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, one among the leaders who defected from Congress to the BJP in 2019, had said that there would be a “major restructuring” of the state cabinet in between April and should this year. This had led to the Congress accusing BS Yediyurappa of indulging in dynasty politics. Congress leaders including Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar had raised the difficulty after BJP MLA from Bijapur City, Basangouda Patil Yatnal had accused Yediyurappa and his son BY Vijayendra of indulging in dynasty politics after the cupboard expansion on January 13.

Reacting to those accusations, Amit Shah on Saturday said, “I are reading the statements of Congress leaders that this may happen which will happen in Karnataka, but i would like to inform everyone that the BJP government won’t only complete the term but also return to power for five years with an majority ,” Shah said.

Speculation has been rife in Karnataka that the BJP’s national leaders are looking to seek out a replacement for the 77-year-old Chief Minister. The BJP, as a practice, offers its leaders aged above 75 years an advisory role within the party. Yediyurappa was offered the Chief Minister post despite this rule as he was liable for toppling the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in 2019 by poaching 17 MLAs from the 2 parties.

Rumours are doing the rounds since 2020 that Yediyurappa would be forced to retire before his term completes because the BJP wants the new face of the party to form a smooth transition. The Chief Minister currently holds massive support from the Lingayat community, the BJP’s largest voter base within the state. If Yediyurappa is unceremoniously removed, the BJP could face the threat of backlash from the community.


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