BS Yediyurappa said, ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and our National President JP Nadda have special affection and trust for me. You know that no position is given to those people who are above 75 years of age but appreciating my work, they gave me a chance even though I am 78 years old.
Yediyurappa said that his intention is to strengthen the party and bring it back to power in the coming days. He said, ‘Based on the instructions given by the central leaders on July 25, I will start my work from July 26. We have a special program on 26th July in connection with the completion of two years of our government. After joining the program, I will follow the instructions of the National President.
It is believed that the BJP is hoping for a generational change in the leadership of the state and a smooth transition of power, but it will never be easy for the party to find an undisputed mass leader in the state. The BJP will also have to strike a balance while effecting this change of leadership, as it has to see that the move does not contradict its core vote base, the dominant Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, on which Yeddyurappa has considerable influence.
The Veerashaiva-Lingayat community is estimated to constitute about 16 per cent of the state’s population. It is considered the BJP’s main support base in the state and is reportedly largely opposed to Yeddyurappa’s removal. There are some reports that the party may name a surprise candidate for the chief minister’s post as they have used in other states.
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