Yediyurappa signals ‘surrender’, promises to abide by high command dictate

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Bengaluru, Jul 22: In an apparent indication that the end of his rule is near, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday virtually threw in the towel and affirmed that he will abide by the BJP national high command’s dictates.

Though there were ample indications that the Chief Minister was all set to announce his resignation by July 26, the second anniversary of his rule, to pave the way for the installation of his successor, Yediyurappa virtually started sending strong signals that he would stick to office by first cancelling the planned dinner with the party legislators on July 25 and also another one for the bureaucrats and staff as well as the State BJP Legislature Party meeting on July 26 through his sudden decisions of cancelling all the commitments.

Apart from the abrupt and inexplicable cancellation of the BJPLP meeting as well as dinner for party legislators and officials cum staff, Yediyurappa started holding confabulations with his trusted senior ministerial colleagues and also meeting over 100 pontiffs of the politically powerful Lingayat Mutts from across the State, including the leading Siddaganga, Suttur and other Mutts in his official residence of Cauvery.

However, despite all the cancellations, Yediyurappa kept on insisting that he will abide by the Central party’s decisions even while profusely thanking all the Lingayat seers for their unstinted support to him and the government.

Will he resign or won’t he resign were the hot themes of debate in political circles while some saw it as an attempt to ensure that the political future of his two sons – B Y Raghavendra, the Shivamogga BJP MP, and B Y Vijayendra, State BJP Vice President – are secure. There were also rumours that Yediyurappa was bargaining to ensure that Vijayendra was anointed as the State BJP President, which could come true as the BJP leadership in the State and in Delhi are convinced that Yediyurappa is the lynchpin of securing the wholehearted backing from the dominant Lingayat community.

What made matters worse was the open remarks from some of the most vocal swamijis that the BJP would be wiped out in the next elections if Yediyurappa was not allowed to stay in power till the end of the term of the present assembly.

Amidst all these speculations and confusing signals, the 78-year-old Yediyurappa on Thursday came out with categorical statement that he will abide by the decisions on the party’s Central leadership on his continuation.

The Chief Minister warmly thanked the large number of Lingayat seers for blessing him and extending support over the last two days and remarked that the BJP has not allowed anyone above 75 years to be in power but had made an exception in his case.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and party President J P Nadda have shown special interest and given me the power," he told reporters in Bengaluru on Thursday.

His statement comes in the backdrop of speculation over his continuation as the chief minister even as the Lingayat-Veerashaiva mutt heads and All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha delegation meeting him over the last two days urging him to continue.

Veiled threats of the community, which backs the BJP, of abandoning the party had been issued to the BJP if it forcibly removed Yediyurappa.

“I will complete two years in office on July 25 and I will abide by the direction given by the Central leadership. I will stick to the direction issues by the BJP high command on July 25,’’ he declared which is seen as an indication of his resignation.

Stating that he will focus on strengthening the party organisation, he appealed to the party workers not to get confused due to prevailing situation.

"I thank the Mutt heads from across the state for having blessed me. My aim is to strengthen the party in the coming days and bring it back to power,’’ Yediyurappa said.

The Chief Minister appealed to party workers not to protest or issue statements in this connection and said that he will abide by whatever decision the high command takes on his continuation in power.







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  • Prashanth, Badiadka

    Fri, Jul 23 2021

    There are high chances that instead of changing the Chief Minister, they would change the party's state president.... Poor Nalinanna... Yeregla panodchi pls....

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pnagala

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    "Yediyurappa signals ‘surrender’, promises to abide by high command dictate"....He has to because the high command is more powerful/crooked tan him. If he has to survive after retirement from politics peacefully, then he has to abide by the high command which is a bunch of crooks.

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  • Abdul, Vidya Nagar, Kasaragod.

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    future CM Nalin Sir.

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  • SJM, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    We need Lingayat seers for their support to bring down the fuel price.

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  • Ranjan, Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    For the old war horse Shri Yediyurappa No question of surrender.. old dialogue .. ....TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    Back to square one. Yeddi will again take an oath not to return to BJP. I guess this time he need not register the party name KJP with One and half Coconut as it's logo thus saving money and time. Ministers loyal to Yeddi will jump to KJP. Government will collapse. Elections again. History repeats. Itihaas daurata hai. One advantage to Yeddi has is due to the party symbol (Coconut) because prices have gone up. If he had Bicycle as his symbol...then pucho matttt...Yeddi baawla ho jata 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    Now the REAL game is on... who will be the next CM.... Shri Sadananda Gowda or Shri Prahlada Joshi...or Dark Horse Shri Bommai... (if Bommai... it can be seen as - as good as no change in CM)

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    If not ED, CBI, IT etc., agencies will become active.... and independently allowed to function & track the missing link …, BSY post CM office will be shifted to Karnataka Bhavana, New Delhi....

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  • Retired, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    Enjoy your weekend with some local fish curry and eggless pastries.

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    everything is temporary in this crooked political world, may be horse-trading, honeytrap ,CD,DVD, how much money they spent on highjacking MLA'S on chartered flight ? this is people hard tax paid money not BJP'S money, it will make them beg again. For the shake of 2 years CM post what all drama he had gone through by the mercy of 17 highjacked MLA'S.

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  • Bebo, Bajpe

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    One thing is crystal clear, Yediyurappa goes, so will the bjp from karnataka. His support Base spans all communities unlike the other so called leaders spewing hot air and nothing else.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    Nalin Kumar and Bommai were assuring people Yeddy will continue as CM and everything is cool and calm. Faking till the last breath and last drop of blood. Now we are hearing straight from the horses’s mouth the truth. Now Nalin and Bommai will be destitute. Honey moon is over for them. BTW, this time how many will be CMs of Karnataka besides multiple DCMs???????……….Better check Pegasus and EVMs functioning properly to win future elections but 100% doubtful!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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  • Rajan, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    The change in leadership is a total mess along with RSS - brahmin - ideology - & is going on for too long - nobody is sure who is the high command now -mix of religion / politics - started by BJP in UTTARPRADESH - YOGI POLITICS ------ Also who will replace Shri Yediyurappa will have bigger problems ---- (A brahmin leader without proper base - & MLA support trying desperately -) as per sources ---

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    First time some good and reliable promise has come from Nalin kumar kateel

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    Was he promised with deputy PM India.

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