He had given rise to the speculation that his tenure as the chief minister in the state might come to an end.
He had recently achieved two years of governing the state as the chief minister. Stepping down from the position, he stated that throughout his governance, he was provided with an Agni pariksha and thanked the top cadre of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Recalling his governance, he said the central government took charge for the first two months did not allow him to form a cabinet. He noted that his successor would have to regain the trust of the people of Karnataka. On July 25, he spoke on the matter, stating he will be waiting for a message to arrive.
He said it was already clear from his side that he will be resigning. However, until further notice, he will continue his work.
An event was organized to commemorate his work, and the chief minister addressed the event by highlighting the government’s achievements in the two years.
Yediyurappa had visited Delhi earlier this month to meet senior leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BS Yediyurappa has received strong support from the Lingayat community, who want him to continue the post.
During the speculations of the chief minister’s exit, Murugesh Nirani had visited Delhi. Nirani is the minister of Mines and Geology.
He hails from the Lingayat community, like BS Yediyurappa. There is speculation of him taking over the position and was a contender for the post. However, he hinted that there had been no clear communications of him taking over Yediyurappa.
He said he would provide a shoulder to the responsibilities bestowed on him. The decision on choosing the next leaders of the state is upon the top authority, who will carefully consider all factors.
The close aides of Nirani have stated that the visit to the national capital was a routine personal visit.
Another candidate for the position is Union Minister Pralhad Joshi. Pralhad Joshi is a veteran member of the party who had represented Dharwad since 2004 in the Parliament.
However, upon being asked about the situation, he said he had not received any communications yet.
He stated that the media had raised such speculations. The home minister of the state, Basavaraj S Bommai, is also speculated to have joined the race. The home minister of the state has refrained from answering questions about the matter.
Others speculated for the post include C T Ravi, B L Santosh, Arvind Bellad, Jagadish Shettar. Most of the candidates have represented a cabinet and are veterans. Arvind Bellad is a relatively young face for the party. He has been the two-time MLA of the constituency of Hubli-Dharwad.
There have been multiple factors that have led to the change in the team.
The chief minister received rebellion from the party over his son, BY Vijayendra, allegedly intervening in administration matters.
Alongside this, the age and health factor of the chief minister could be a reason for the higher authority to decide a young candidate as the new face of the chief minister.
He said he will be accepting the decision made by the top cadre of the BJP and has expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party leader JP Nadda, Home Minister Amit Shah for providing him with the opportunity to serve as the chief minister of the state.
Over five hundred Veerashaiva-Lingayat seers have demanded the continuation of Yediyurappa’s office and have extended their support to the chief minister.
The Lingayat community contributes to a significant portion of voters in the state. There is speculation that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has urged the Bharatiya Janata Party to appoint the next chief minister from the community.
The opposition in the state has targeted the move; Congress member DK Shivakumar alleged that the current Bharatiya Janata Party ruled the government has failed the people of Karnataka.
He asserted the dissolving of the legislative assembly and the announcement of fresh elections in the state.
He stated that the state government has been negligent in managing the Covid-19 virus and flood that devastated the state.
The former chief minister of the state and congress member Siddaramaiah said he believes that elections are not nearby. Hence, the central party might appoint another candidate in Yediyurappa’s position.