Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, on Friday, met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid speculations over leadership change in the state. When asked, he dismissed the speculations and sidestepped reporters on the issue.
When asked about the leadership change speculations, “I don’t know. You have to tell,” he told the reporters with a smile.
The CM requested Modi to facilitate the early implementation of pending state projects, including the Mekedatu drinking water project. “I requested the PM to facilitate for early implementation of some state works. He has agreed for all.” Asked if the Mekedatu dam project across the Cauvery river was also discussed, he said: “all issues” came up.
The CM said he would share the details of the meeting on Saturday before returning to Bengaluru.
Before meeting the PM, the CM said he would call on some of the Center’s key ministers including Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh on Saturday.
He also told reporters before the meeting that the state has got every right to implement the Mekedatu project and will start the work.
“They (TN) have been opposing us since the beginning but we have got our rights. I request them not to disturb us.”
He also assured Tamil Nadu that the implementation of the proposed project will not create any problem for them. “I have written to them (TN CM) about the matter, but they are not letting us (implement the project).”
“There is no need to have confusion. I want to assure our state that we will cent percent implement the Mekedatu project,” he added. On a likely Cabinet rejig in the BJP-ruled state, Yediyurappa said before meeting the PM, “I will tell you if any discussion (happens) with seniors over the restructuring or expansion of the Cabinet.”
No state minister is accompanying the chief minister during his trip. However, his son B Y Vijayendra has come.
The Rs 9,000-crore Mekedatu balancing reservoir and drinking water project across the Cauvery river in Ramanagara district aim at utilising 4.75 TMC of water for drinking purposes in Bengaluru and neighboring areas besides generating 400 MW power.