BJP govt in Karnataka will complete full term: Amit Shah | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Amid rumbles following the cabinet expansion, Union home minister Amit Shah was upbeat on Saturday about the BJP government in Karnataka.
“I saw media reports about Congress leaders trying to create doubts among people about the stability of the BJP government in the state. I categorically state that the government will complete its term and the party will return with a thumping majority after five years,” said Shah after flagging off the Emergency Response Support System Vehicles and launching police housing projects.
Shah said ministers and legislators have a lot to do. “The Modi-led Centre has done so much for Karnataka and it wants to do more. So, you have a lot of things to do under Yediyurappa’s leadership,” Shah said. “My ministry is the nodal agency for Covid management and Karnataka has done well.”
Yediyurappa camp members said the high command is in favour of continuing with him as CM. “It is up to people how they interpret Shah’s speech,” said BJP spokesperson N Ravikumar. “But, there are indications there is no threat to the government’s stability and Yediyurappa will continue for the rest of the term.”
Hours later, at a state core committee meet, Shah urged leaders to reach out to dissidents and ensure there is no bickering in the open.
‘Leaders should protect party image’

Dissidence that erupted after cabinet expansion showed no signs of abating. The latest discordent note is Madikeri MLA Appachu Ranjan. He said: “Party loyalists and disciplined workers have been given a raw deal. Some people who adopted dubious strategies have got ministerial berths.”
Shah attended the state core committee meeting late at night. It lasted about an hour and dissidence in the wake of cabinet expansion was also discussed. Shah reportedly instructed state leaders to reach out to disgruntled legislators and assuage them. He reportedly said such resentment is natural but local leaders should ensure bickering does not come out in the open.
Leaders should protect the image of the party, he added. Yediyurappa, state BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel, party general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Arun Singh, organisational secretary BL Santosh, Jagadish Shettar and Govind Karajol were among those at the meeting.

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