Hubballi: Speaking to reporters at Hubballi airport, chief minister BS Yediyurappa took a dig at opposition leader Siddaramaiah and said the Congress might ask Siddaramaiah to resign after BJP’s victory in by-polls.

Yediyurappa said, “It wouldn’t be me resigning from my post but Congress leaders asking Siddaramaiah to step down from his post of opposition leader.”

He added that Congress leaders might question Siddaramaiah regarding his statements of by-polls being a setback for the saffron party.
 
Yediyurappa said the Congress leaders might question Siddaramaiah as to “You had said BJP will face a setback in by-polls and Yediyurappa will resign from his post of chief minister. But these statements did not come true.  In turn, Congress and JD(S) faced setbacks in the by-polls, so it is better you step down from your post.”

Further, Yediyurappa oozed confidence of winning all 15 seats and said the voters are in favour of the saffron party.

“I have campaigned twice in all the 15 assembly constituencies where by-polls will be held. There is a saffron wave and we have received more support than expected. We are 100% confident of winning in all 15 constituencies and this will make the government more stable. Siddaramaiah is making baseless statements about me resigning,” said Yediyurappa.

Reacting to BJP leaders not involving themselves in campaigning, Yediyurappa questioned the media to give an example of a BJP leader not being involved in campaigning. He added that Congress and JD(S) are boasting of unity but he doesn’t see unity among them.

“HD Kumaraswamy and HD Deve Gowda have been making various statements right from the start regarding by-polls. I cannot comment on that. But the people have faith that I will provide good administration and the government will become more stable in the coming days,” said the chief minister.

Yediyurappa insisted that he would be at the helm to present a “pro farmer” budget in February.

“I’m confident that we will be able to provide a stable government in Karnataka and present a budget in February. My intention is to see farmers emerge from their difficulties and lead a peaceful life. I will try and find solutions to their problems and announce new programmes in their budget. I’m also committed to dispensing good administration,” said Yediyurappa.