The BJP’s Karnataka stalwart BS Yediyurappa has stated he will not return on his resolution to give up electoral politics forward of the carefully watched state elections later this 12 months, including that the transfer was completely his name, and he was not pressured.
“I informed individuals of Karnataka, I am not retiring from politics. I’m not drained, I’ll marketing campaign and convey BJP to energy. I’ll tour the state. BJP will get an absolute majority… Quitting electoral politics was my resolution, no one pressured me. I’ll persuade individuals why I took this resolution,” he stated in an unique interview with NDTV.
“I resigned from the Chief Minister’s put up to accommodate [Basavaraj] Bommai. My absence in electoral politics is a problem, and the BJP should face these challenges. I will not return on my resolution of not contesting polls,” the Lingayat strongman stated.
He additionally spoke critically of BJP state president Nalin Kateel’s push to pit 18th-century Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan and Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar, seen as a tactic to polarise voters.
“I do not agree with the narrative on Tipu vs Savarkar. It isn’t Tipu vs Savarkar, however BJP’s insurance policies and schemes would be the narrative,” he stated.
The 79-year-old additionally attacked the Congress, saying, “Congress’s DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah are corrupt leaders. Their allegations of corruption in opposition to the BJP are null.”
Earlier this week, in what was seen as his “farewell speech” within the Karnataka meeting of which he was a member for many years, Mr Yediyurappa stated he would attempt in the direction of constructing the get together and convey it to energy “until his final breath”.
The chief who towers in the one southern state dominated by the BJP had introduced in July final 12 months that he won’t be contesting the meeting polls, and might be vacating his Shikaripura Meeting seat, from the place his youthful son and the get together’s state Vice-President BY Vijayendra might be contesting if the get together management agrees.
The veteran chief, who started his electoral politics as ‘Purasabha’ president in Shikaripura in Shivamogga district, was first elected to the Meeting from Shikaripura in 1983 and went on to win eight instances from there.
Mr Yediyurappa resigned as Chief Minister on July 26, 2021, paving the way in which for Mr Bommai to take over. Age was seen as a main issue for his exit from the highest job, with the BJP’s intermittently-enforced rule of holding out these above 75 years from elected places of work.
It was additionally seen as a step by the BJP’s high leaders to make approach for contemporary management forward of the meeting polls.