My Exit is Imminent, Says BS Yediyurappa

Bengaluru: Amid heightened buzz over his continuation as Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa on Thursday indicated that his exit was imminent and said he will remain in the post till the BJP’s central leadership asks him to step down.

The 78-year-old Lingayat strongman said he had offered to resign two months ago with an intention to make way for others and asserted that he won’t name a possible successor even if asked to.

Central BJP leaders did not talk about his replacement during his recent Delhi visit, he said.

“The party high command is likely to give directions on July 25 regarding my future as the Chief Minister and I will continue to perform my duties till the last minute and thereafter will work for strengthening the BJP with an aim to bring it back to power.”

“I still haven’t got any message (regarding his future as CM).. I’m waiting if there will be any message on July 25. I will abide by the Centre’s decision, I have said this in the past and I’m saying it once again,” Yediyurappa said.

Speaking to reporters here, he said, “Whether in power or not, I will travel across the State and work towards strengthening the organisation and bringing the party back to power. As long as I’m asked to be the Chief Minister, I will remain in the post, when I’m told they don’t want me in the post I will work towards strengthening the organisation.”

Yediyurappa’s government will be completing two years in office on July 26. Noting that he will continue with the work and will inspect the developmental works in Bengaluru on Friday like construction of roads and rajakaluves (storm water drains), the Chief Minister said, “I will perform my duties till the last minute, let’s see what happens in the end.”

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