BS Yediyurappa’s cryptic message urges BJP supporters not to 'indulge in protests' amid exit rumours
Amid rumours of a possible replacement, the Karnataka CM in a tweet urged his supporters not to indulge in any indiscipline that is disrespectful and may embarrass the BJP.
Amid strong speculations of his exit from office, Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday night took to Twitter to urge his followers not to "indulge in protests and indiscipline that is disrespectful and embarrassing for the party".
“I am privileged to be a loyal worker of BJP. It is my utmost honour to serve the party with highest standards of ethics and behaviour. I urge everyone to act in accordance with party ethics and not indulge in protests/indiscipline that is disrespectful & embarrassing for the party.”
The Chief Minister further wrote, "Your goodwill should not exceed the boundaries of discipline. The party is like a mother to me and disrespecting it will cause pain to me. I believe that my true well-wishers will understand and respond to my feelings."
His statement came as support continued to pour in for him from Mutts, pontiffs, and political leaders.
Leaders and pontiffs, especially from the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, also All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha, have declared support to Yediyurappa and have urged for his continuation as the Chief Minister, while also warning "bad consequences" for the BJP if he is replaced.
"Yediyurappa only said that he is not in position to speak anything on the issue and will have to abide by the decision of the high command. He did not say anything else," news agency PTI reported Balehosur mutt's Dingaleshwar Swami as saying.
Swami further stated, "When we questioned Yediyurappa about what really has happened, he said he will not comment on that and that the high command's decision is final. He did not say anything else."
He has been facing what was seen as hostility from some BJP MLAs in the state. Some leaders including MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, Tourism Minister CP Yogeshwar and MLC AH Vishwanath have spoken against Yediyurappa, despite warnings of disciplinary action by the leadership.
The talk of change of leadership, which had been doing the rounds for quite some time, gained momentum after Yediyurappa's visit to Delhi last week. Yediyurappa, a Lingayat strongman, has dismissed talks about leadership change as baseless.
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