The BJP’s greatest chief in Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa, as we speak tried to firmly scotch the excitement a few change in management within the state, the place elections are due subsequent 12 months. Mr Yediyuruppa, the predecessor of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on the prime publish, expressly stated, “There won’t be a leadership change according to me. Basavaraj Bommai is doing a commendable work. As far I know, there is no change in Chief Minister in the state”.
The buzz about Mr Bommai being changed by a contemporary face has been doing the rounds for days. It received a lift with the go to of Union Home Minister Amit Shah — who inaugurated the statue of Lingayat saint and 12th Century poet Basavanna at Basaveshwara Circle, in Bengaluru.
The BJP has currently made modifications within the prime management of poll-bound states — notably Uttarakhand and Gujarat. In each states, Chief Ministers deemed to have misplaced factors with the voters, have been changed. Elections have been held in Uttarakhand earlier this 12 months, by which the BJP gained one other time period in energy. Polls are due in Gujarat by the year-end.
In Karnataka, Mr Bommai changed social gathering veteran and mentor Mr Yediyurappa in 2021. But the federal government has been hit by a number of controversies since, together with the hijab row and the following name by proper wing teams to ban Muslim merchants.
Basavaraj Bommai has been criticised from all quarters for sustaining silence over communal points, and selections made and diktats issued by proper wing organisations.
Mr Shah’s go to to the state got here within the aftermath of the massive controversy over the suicide of a contractor and his bribery allegations which pushed KS Eshwarappa out of Mr Bommai’s cupboard.
While the allegations in opposition to the previous minister have been seen as damaging sufficient forward of elections, what put the BJP’s prime management additional on the backfoot was the affirmation of bribery allegations from the state’s contractor foyer, and a sadhu from the politically highly effective lingayat group.
Dingaleshwara Swamiji had alleged that mutts too usually are not spared and must pay a 40 per cent lower.
Days later, Amit Shah was seen garlanding the statue of 12th Century Lingayat saint Basavanna in Basaveshwara Circle in Bengaluru as we speak – the political significance of which was misplaced of few.