BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil ‘Yatnal’ has made a prediction that a new leader will take over as the CM of Karnataka after April 13 when the state celebrates New Year.
The former Union minister has repeatedly been speaking out against Yediyurappa and his style of functioning for some time now. He also indicated that the new chief minister will be from the northern part of the state.
“I will not go with open hands seeking a minister’s post here onwards. I have said one of our own will come in place (of chief minister). I have said that someone from north Karnataka will come. it will happen…wait and watch,” the Bijapur city MLA said.
Last year in October he said that Yediyurappa would not remain CM for long. He had also recently indicated the possibility of historical changes in the state after Sankranti.
During the meeting of party legislators earlier this month, Yatnal reportedly had a face-off with Yediyurappa, as he objected to the “step-motherly” treatment meted out to some assembly constituencies and alleged interference of the CM’s son B Y Vijayendra in the administration.
Also, there has been intense speculation in some quarters that the BJP central leadership is mulling a leadership change in Karnataka in the days to come considering Yediyurappa’s age (77 years). Though the state BJP has rejected outright such speculations, it refuses to die down.
Earlier this month, BJP national general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Arun Singh had said that Yediyurappa will remain the CM and also asked party leaders to refrain from making statements in public on issues relating to the party.