Athani: Chief minister BS Yediyurappa calmed fears of BJP workers and supporters by stating that deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi will continue in his post till the completion of the government's term and that there is no need be apprehensive about it.

While heading for the campaign for the bypolls for Athani and Kagwad Assembly constituencies, Yediyurappa told reporters at Athani that BJP national president Amit Shah too has assured that Savadi would remain in the post. He asked the BJP workers and supporters of Savadi not to worry about it and work for the victory of party candidates in the bypolls.

He said, “BJP state unit has been fighting the election unitedly and will win all the 15 seats. The hopes of Congress leaders will not come true as it may hardly win any seat in the state.”

The 15 assembly constituencies will go to polls on December 5 and the counting of votes will take place on December 9.

The bypolls were necessitated after the resignation and absence of 17 Congress and JD(S) MLAs, which led to toppling of HD Kumaraswamy led coalition government and paved the way for the BJP to come to power.

17 legislators were subsequently disqualified by the then Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. However, the Supreme Court that heard MLAs' petition challenging the disqualification allowed them to contest the by-elections.

Referring to Maharashtra's political developments, Yediyurappa said NCP joined hands with the BJP to form the government as the party has realised that there is no future for other political parties in the country.

He said, “The leaders across the political spectrum are convinced that there is no future for them without the BJP. The Shiva Sena had fought the election in alliance with the BJP, but they walked out of the alliance for power. NCP leader Ajit Pawar realised the necessity of forming the government and joined hands with the BJP.”

"Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is a good administrator and we hope his government will complete its tenure," he added.