Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on June 6 asserted that there was no proposal before the ruling BJP’s high command to seek Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s resignation.
“There is no proposal before the high command for seeking Yediyurappa’s resignation,” Joshi told reporters at Hubballi. Joshi’s statement came hours after the Chief Minister said that he was ready to resign if the party’s leadership wanted him to do so.
Joshi is BJP’s fourth-term Lok Sabha member from Dharwad constituency, about 430km northwest of Bengaluru.
“The party is seized of only one issue and that is how to handle the COVID-19 situation and not leadership change,” Joshi said.
Joshi stated that he was not aware if legislators had gone to Delhi. “No one has met me nor have I met anyone.”
“Though he (Yediyurappa) is aged, he is functioning efficiently. And, there has been no discussion about leadership change keeping his age as the factor. There is no vacant position as far as the Chief Minister is concerned, there is no question (of leadership change),” he added.
Nalin Kumar Kateel, who is the state unit president supported Joshi and said there was no discussion on change in the Chief Minister’s post.
“As the party has not discussed the issue at any level, the question of a change of leadership does not arise,” Kateel told reporters at Mangaluru on the state’s west coast, about 375km from Bengaluru.