Since he returned from Delhi after a two-day visit to meet party politicians last week, speculation abounds that Yediyurappa could step down as CM later this month.
This gained further traction with the appearance of an audio clip three days ago that allegedly featured the chair of the state party, Nalin Kumar Kateel, hinting at an imminent changing of the guard. MLA V Sunil Kumar, the party whip in the assembly, attributed the cancellation of the events to “unforeseen events” and added that he had been asked to inform legislators that the July 25 dinner was postponed.
The CM has not yet given a new date, he said. The decision has led to speculation that the BJP’s top brass may have been pressured to delay the changing of the guard process after seeing Lingayat seers and community leaders who rallied behind the CM in the last two days.
The CM office said Yediyurappa plans to make his second anniversary at the office a “gala” event. “Therefore, it would be difficult for him to focus on multiple events and the meeting was postponed,” he said.
Sources said Yediyurappa planned to hold a video conference with BJP lawmakers from 120 assembly segments on July 26 to celebrate two years in office. The CM has convened a cabinet meeting, which is expected to recommend to the Center that the Veerashaiva-Lingayat the community is included in the center OBC ready.
A similar attempt by Yediyurappa last year was prompted by the party. State Interior Minister Basavaraj Bommai said there is an effort to create political instability in the state by speculating on the CM’s time in office. “Yediyurappa will continue as CM, as reiterated by the party’s national secretary general, Arun Singh,” he added. Former Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda ruled out any “possibility” of change, as the party leadership was satisfied with the development work and handling of Covid-19 under his supervision.