Will stay Karnataka CM till Modi has faith in me: BS Yediyurappa | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: BS Yediyurappa said on Friday that he would continue to serve as the chief minister as long as he enjoyed Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s confidence. The statement, made in the assembly, assumes significance in the backdrop of the discord in BJP over his style of functioning and the Congress demand that he should step down over a land denotification case against him.
While responding to a debate on the motion of thanks to governor Vajubhai Vala’s recent address, Yediyurappa took on Siddaramaiah for repeatedly suggesting that his time in office was ticking down. “The opposition leader has been daydreaming that I will resign today or tomorrow. Let me clarify here: if I enjoy the confidence of the prime minister and Union home minister along with the blessings of the people of Karnataka, I will continue to remain the chief minister,” he said.
Siddaramaiah said that his statements on Yediyurappa were based on reports he had received and on BJP legislators’ remarks. “Even now I am being told by your MLAs that you will resign after Ugadi,” the Congress veteran claimed.
Commenting on his legal troubles, Yediyurappa said that anyone could file applications under the RTI Act and level allegations against public representatives these days. He hit back at Congress, saying its members were also facing cases. “Your national leaders are out on bail. When you were the chief minister, your ministers faced allegations of corruption, but you were smart enough to create a separate Anti-Corruption Bureau and hand over all the cases to it. You used the concept of ‘re-do’ instead of claiming it was denotification and took umbrage under it. I admit I am not smarter than you,” Yediyurappa said.
He challenged Siddaramaiah to win the upcoming bypolls. “Under your leadership, Congress has fared badly in elections. This is because people have lost faith in Congress,” he said. The Maski, Basavakalyan and Sindagi assembly segments and Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency will see bypolls this year.

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