There is an atmosphere of turmoil in Karnataka politics these days. Speculations are being made in the political corridors about the resignation of Chief Minister Yediyurappa. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, over 30 saints from different monasteries met Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in Bengaluru and extended their support to him.
Karnataka: More than 30 seers of different mutts met CM BS Yediyurappa in Bengaluru and extended their support to him. pic.twitter.com/0msSMtJ0Iu— ANI (@ANI) July 20, 2021
There is a buzz within a section of the ruling BJP that Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is set to step down from the CM's chair. Community factors seem to have come to the fore in state politics. Many saints and prominent leaders of the Lingayat community, which are estimated to be about 16 percent of the state's population. The BJP has been cautioned against any move to remove 78-year-old Lingayat leader Yeddyurappa from the post of Chief Minister.
The Veerashaiva-Lingayat community is considered the main support base of the BJP. Amid speculations that he would replace Yeddyurappa, Congress MLA from Davangere Shamanur Shivashankarappa asked the BJP high command to ensure that Yeddyurappa remains the chief minister. Further, he warned the BJP that he would stand in solidarity with the CM if he was forced to step down. Shivashankarappa, who himself belongs to the Lingayat community, is also the national president of the All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha.
He said the Veerashaiva-Lingayat Mahasabha is with him, if Yeddyurappa gets upset, things will end there. Along with this, another prominent Congress leader and former minister MB Patil from the Lingayat community has warned that if BJP misbehaves with a big leader like Yeddyurappa, it may face the wrath of Lingayats.
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