No loss to Karnataka by Yediyurappa’s exit, says Siddaramaiah

Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj K.S. Eshwarappa called on former chief minister Siddaramaiah at a private hospital in Bengaluru where he had undergone heart surgery in December 2019.  

“There is no loss to Karnataka with the resignation of Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, and there is no benefit either with the arrival of a new CM,” Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah said.

Speaking to mediapersons in Gadag on July 26, Mr. Siddaramaiah termed Mr. Yediyurappa as the most corrupt Chief Minister of Karnataka. “BJP itself is a most corrupt party. Unless it is thrown out of power, there is no solace to the State,” he said.

On Yediyurappa's exit, he said that while one one corrupt Chief Minister has gone, whoever replaces him would also be corrupt.

Regarding seers coming out in support of Mr. Yediyurappa, he said religious heads should restrict themselves religion. “It would be better if they don't enter politics,” he said.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said that whoever replaces Mr. Yediyurappa, the fight of the Congress against corruption in the government would continue.

In Gokak, KPCC working president Satish Jarkiholi told mediapersons that Mr, Yediyurappa had become a victim of a conspiracy by some Manuwadis, just as Sri Basaveshwara suffered at the hands of Manuwadis in the 12th century. Hardcore right-wingers in the BJP had insulted the mass leader and forced him to resign, he added.

Asked if Mr. Yediyurappa’s exit would benefit the Congress, he said that was not an issue.

“The issue here is that we feel bad at the way the BJP treated Mr. Yediyurappa. Replacing a CM is an internal matter of the party. We have nothing to say about it. We know that our performance in the coming polls will depend on how we organise the party and face elections. Our ideology and strategies will decide our poll performance. We will work on it, as always, he said.”

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