Reports that the BJP central leadership was considering alternative names for appointment in his place in view of the report of the Lokayuktha allegedly indicting him in the mining lease issue was mere speculation by the media, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said on Tuesday.
“The BJP leaders clearly told me that they have to study the report first and the report is going to be given to the Karnataka government only on Wednesday. Then where is the question of the leadership considering options to remove me?” he told The-Hindu over phone from Bangalore.
It may be recalled that there were media reports that the party high command was considering the names of senior BJP leaders from Karnataka such as H.N. Anantha Kumar, Jagadish Shettar, K.S. Eshwarappa and V.S. Acharya for appointment as the new Chief Minister.
Mr. Yeddyurappa reiterated that he had done no wrong and his quitting was out of question. He would abide by the orders of the party leadership and so far he had not been asked to come to Delhi for discussions. The BJP leadership was with him and it had clearly conveyed to him that it would say nothing before going through the Lokayuktha report, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.