Although the preparations for the change of leadership in Karnataka are almost complete, first the haste of some party leaders and then nature has given a little pause to this process. However, the message is being given repeatedly by Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa himself that the instructions of the high command will be followed immediately. But the way there is a flood situation in some areas and some leaders are in the dock due to their statements, the change is not being considered appropriate.
Sources say that at present there is no time limit. After Yeddyurappa's visit to Delhi last week and meeting the Prime Minister, Home Minister, and BJP President, he had called a meeting of the legislature party, it was believed that perhaps the announcement of the change of leadership in the state government would also take place on the same day. But the situation worsened the way some ministers of the Yeddyurappa government, allegedly including state president Nalin Kumar Kateel, came out with provocative statements.
The BJP leadership's vision was to change the chief minister in such a way that the sentiments of the dominant Lingayat community associated with Yeddyurappa are not hurt. The impatience of the state leaders ruined that thinking. Many leaders there are considering themselves to be involved in the race for Chief Minister and are also running for Delhi. When Lingayat religious leaders came out in support of Yeddyurappa, some ministers of the government criticized him too. Knowing that monasteries play a significant role in the politics of the state. Nature has done the right thing.
There is a flood situation in many places of Karnataka due to heavy rains. Yeddyurappa's age is being cited but he actively toured and directed all his ministers and MLAs to supervise the relief work in their respective districts. A day earlier, he along with his cabinet colleagues also reached to review the construction of Bangalore Smart City. The legislature party meeting called on the completion of two years of the government has already been postponed.
The message is clear that Yeddyurappa cannot be forcibly marginalized. Although Yeddyurappa does not want to show any stubbornness this time beyond 2011, the party leadership will not only have to take him into confidence but also show it. There is going to be a change of leadership sooner or later but Yeddyurappa will have to be involved in it. In such a situation, some people may also be sacrificed whose arrogance is ruining the whole plan.
Last day as Chief Minister possible on Monday
Amid talks of change of leadership in the state, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday said Monday may be his last day as Chief Minister. He said that I had to face many challenges from the very first day I took charge as Chief Minister. While inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of various projects, the Chief Minister told the people of his constituency that he was proud that he tried to repay the debt of the people of Shivamogga district and his constituency Shikaripura by ensuring all-round development.
He told the people that Monday could be his last day in the Chief Minister's Office. Yeddyurappa had recently said that he would start work from July 26 on the work assigned to him by the central leadership on July 25. Yeddyurappa's government would complete two years on July 26. Yeddyurappa was elected for the first time in 1983 from the Shikaripura assembly constituency. He has won from this seat eight times. The Chief Minister's elder son BY Raghavendra is an MP from the Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency.