Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday offered to resign on health grounds. On Friday, Yediyurappa had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid speculation about possible changes in the state leadership and the Cabinet. After a short 20-minute meeting, the CM told reporters at the Karnataka Bhawan that they discussed only the pending state works including the Mekedatu dam project over the Cauvery river.
“I requested the PM to facilitate early implementation of some state works. He has agreed for all,” Yediyurappa said.
When asked if they discussed the possible changes in the state leadership, he responded with a smile, “I don’t know. You have to tell.”
The meeting came at a time political circles are abuzz with speculations of Yediyurappa being replaced as the chief minister.
Repeated open remarks by some disgruntled leaders within the state BJP targeting him and his family with accusations of corruption and interference in the administration have embarrassed the party and the government, despite warnings of disciplinary action by the leadership.
Another section of the party is demanding the replacement of Yediyurappa (79) citing his age and the need of projecting a new CM face ahead of assembly polls in 2023, sources said.
Meanwhile, Yediyurappa on Saturday dismissed rumours about his resignation. “Not at all…,” the Karnataka chief minister was quoted by PTI as saying. “Yesterday I met the PM, we discussed the development of the state and I will come back again in August…there is no value of such news,” he added.