Exclusive: Nothing wrong in MLAs lobbying for Cabinet berth; will abide high command's decision: BY Vijayendra
As intense lobbying is taking place for a ministerial berth in CM Basavaraj Bommai's Cabinet, it is reported that the name of Vijayendra Yediyurappa son of former CM BS Yediyurappa is also doing the rounds. Talking to Asianet Newsable, Vijayendra said that he will abide by the party's decision and expressed that he is interested in contesting the election after two years. He also responded to reports of BS Yediyurappa's alleged pact before resignation and lobbying by MLAs for ministerial post.
As the name of Vijayendra Yediyurappa for Cabinet berth and Hangal by-polls cropped up, the young politician and son of Lingayat strongman has maintained a low profile from the last few days.
Sharing his thoughts on the political development in the state, Vijayendra told Asianet Newsable that he cannot react to rumours of his name being tossed for the Cabinet or lobbying for candidacy in Lingayat belt Hangal by-polls in Haveri district.
"I don't want to respond or react to this piece of news doing rounds. I am not a minister aspirant and (I'm) not lobbying for Hangal ticket. It is left to the party to make any decision and I will abide by it," Vijayendra told Asianet Neswsable.
The leader who is also BJP's state vice president further added that "I am planning to contest after two years. Not decided from which place to contest. Earlier I was planning to contest from Varuna in south Karnataka."
'Pact and preconditions are like blot on Yediyurappa's career'
Dismissing the reports of Yediyurappa's pact with the high command that post his exit his loyalists and his son should be protected, Vijayendra said, "There were no pacts or any conditions for his resignation. These elements are like a blot on his career."
'Super CM' tag was painful: Vijayendra
Admitting that forming of the BJP government under his father Yediyurappa in 2019 was a volatile situation and by exploiting the rebellion atmosphere in the previous JD(S)-Congress government, the young leader said, "Yediyurappaji formed the government in very tough conditions and he was working hard, and when Super CM tag was being attributed to me, it was very painful."
'Nothing wrong in MLAs lobbying'
As many MLAs and ministerial aspirants are lining up at his father's residence, Vijayendra justified the move of intense lobbying. Some of the MLAs met both Yediyurappa and Vijayendra.
"It is natural that when Cabinet expansion is taking place, many MLAs would lobby. At the end, it is the high command that makes the final decision."