Karnataka: BJP backs BS Yediyurappa, warns Basangouda Patil Yatnal to stop ‘leadership change’ talk | Bengaluru News – Times of India

SHIVAMOGGA: Endorsing BS Yediyurappa as ‘our CM’ and a ‘prominent leader’, BJP general secretary in charge of Karnataka, Arun Singh, on Sunday issued a stern warning to dissident Basangouda Patil Yatnal and directed him to stop embarrassing the party with his statements.
Soon after the party executive committee meeting in Shivamogga concluded on Sunday, Singh said: “Who is Yatnal to make statements? No leader should cross the line. Leaders — both big and small — should follow the party’s instructions and discipline.”
In the same breath, Singh reiterated that the BJP was not contemplating change in leadership and praised the chief minister both during the meeting and outside.
Yatnal has expressed displeasure with the CM and suggested a leadership change in the state. Sources said Singh asked the state leadership to issue a notice to Yatnal for his statements against the CM.
Yatnal to get show-cause notice for remarks
According to sources, Arun Singh has asked the state BJP unit to issue a show-cause notice to Yatnal for his comments in public against Yediyurappa. This will be a second notice in 15 months, if issued.
Singh said the party practised internal democracy and there are forums which will entertain any issues that individuals may have against the CM.
Singh downplayed the possibility of an alliance with JD(S), saying there was no need to join hands with any party as the BJP was strong in the state.
The chief minister has set a target of winning 150 seats in the 2023 assembly polls and urged party cadres
to start the groundwork right away. “With victory in gram panchayat polls, BJP needs to perform well in the coming local body elections. It will, then, be easy to win the maximum number of assembly seats two years later,” he said.

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