Am retiring from electoral politics on my own: Yediyurappa to Lingayats
Bengaluru: BJP Central Parliamentary Board member and former chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Saturday told the influential Lingayat community that he is retiring from electoral politics on his own and urged them not to have any hard feelings about it.
Speaking to reporters, the Lingayat strongman stated, “I appeal with folded hands to the Veerashaiva-Linagayat community. I am retiring on my own as I am completing 80-years on February 27. My brothers of the community should not misunderstand this.”
“The leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah has given us strength. PM Modi is arriving in Shivamogga on February 27. I have realized my long-cherished dream. I have complacency that I have done whatever possible for the development,” Yediyurappa stated.
“I will tour the state and strive to bring the BJP party to power. I am retiring on my own. You should support me and help BJP to win the elections. Like how the Lingayat community supported BJP, it should continue the same in the upcoming Assembly elections,” he appealed.
There is no leadership in JD(S) and Congress party. “We will achieve victory in the upcoming elections by winning the most number of seats in Karnataka,” he said.
Insiders explained that Yediyurappa made this appeal to the Lingayat community in the backdrop of the Congress party spreading rumours that the high command is snubbing Yediyurappa. After the farewell speech, Congress MLA and KPCC Working President Eshwar Khandre stated on the floor of the house that the BJP insulted the tall leader of the Lingayat community. “BJP dethroned Yediyurappa and made him cry. The community is observing all this,” he stated.
The ruling BJP facing stiff competition in the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka is putting all efforts to retain the Lingayat vote base, from which the party derives core strength and consolidating its vote base among the Vokkaliga community, which stands with JD (S). The party has increased the limit of reservation for scheduled castes and tribes to retain the oppressed classes’ support.