Karnataka: BS Yediyurappa rules out leadership change, says he’ll complete term as CM | Bengaluru News – Times of India
“There’s no confusion on this in BJP. Our party general secretary Arun Singh has already clarified that I’ll complete full term,” he said.
Stating that 2020 had been like a “trial by fire” for his administration with natural disasters and pandemic, he said the focus is on development.
“These things have in no way impacted our work,” the CM said in response to a question on talks about leadership change and its impact on administration.
This is for the first time, Yediyurappa spoke on the issue elaborately though talks of his replacement owing to his age (77) and health doing the rounds for the past six months. The leadership’s delay in giving permission to expand his cabinet has also triggered speculation.
Though the state BJP has rejected such reports, the controversy refuses to die down, with functionaries like MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal giving credence to it with their statements.
Asked about BJP legislators making open statements and writing letters expressing disgruntlement, Yediyurappa said one or two of them might have given certain statements. “…To address their concerns, I’ll hold a region-wise meeting with all legislators,” he said.
Referring to the impact of Covid on the state’s economy, the CM, who also handles the finance portfolio, said: “We may face a fiscal setback of Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 crore. We’ll have to face this problem in the next budget as well. Our government has topped in attracting FDI even during the pandemic. As many as 95 proposals worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore have been received.”