Will stay at helm until time period ends: Karnataka CM

Bengaluru, December 31

Ruling out leadership change, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday asserted he will remain in the post for the remaining over two-year period and complete the term, and there was no confusion regarding this within the ruling BJP.

Suggesting that the past one year had been like a “trial by fire” for his administration with natural disasters and the Covid pandemic, he said his government’s desire was to take Karnataka to the first place on the development map of the country as he also referred to financial constraints faced by the state.

“In the last one-and-half years of my administration even for a day I did not bother about it, I was focused on my work and development. These things have in no way impacted,” Yediyurappa said in response to a question on talks about leadership change and its impact on administration.

He said after BJP general secretary in charge of the state Arun Singh made it clear that there are no issues for the next two-and-half years and Yediyurappa will continue as Chief Minister, such questions do not arise at all. There has been speculation in some quarters that the BJP high command is mulling leadership change in Karnataka in the days to come considering Yediyurappa’s age (77 years). —PTI

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