Yediyurappa asks workers to 'not indulge in protests' amid speculation of his exit

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Several BJP leaders including his colleagues in the cabinet were seeking the resignation of Yediyurappa.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. | Photo: ANI

Bengaluru: Amid speculation of his resignation, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa urged party workers “to act in accordance with party ethics and not indulge in protests or indiscipline that is disrespectful and embarrassing for the party.”

Several BJP leaders including his colleagues in the cabinet were seeking the resignation of Yediyurappa. The central leadership also is learned to have sought a change of guard in the only southern state they rule.

Earlier today, the BJP strongman had met Lingayat seers in the state. The community is reportedly disgruntled over the developments. Lingayats are one of the largest communities and Yediyurappa has a strong base among them. BJP’s biggest headache will be to pacify the community.

The shortlist for the next head of the cabinet is long and reports suggest a generation change. Yediyurappa is 78 years old.

The list includes Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, BJP national General Secretary CT Ravi, state minister Murugesh Nirani, MLA Arvind Bellad, national organising secretary BL Santhosh, Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri, and Basanagouda Patil Yatnal.

The CM has reportedly sought plum positions for both of his sons.

He assumed office in July 26, 2019 when the Congress-JDS government lost the majority as several legislators were defeated to BJP.

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