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‘Age no issue’, Lingayat seers back CM BS Yediyurappa amid speculation of leadership change in Karnataka

Tumkuru: Karnataka’s powerful Lingayat community seers have thrown their full support behind Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and warned state BJP leaders not to obstruct his government’s efforts.

According to reports, nearly a dozen Lingayat seers have asked the BJP’s top brass to keep BSY as the state’s chief minister for the next two years. It should be noted that the Karnataka Chief Minister is a member of the state’s powerful Lingayat community.

The community’s seers have warned disgruntled state BJP leaders not to harass Yediyurappa until his term as Chief Minister expires. The Lingayat seers’ statement came after BJP national General Secretary Arun Singh put an end to all speculation about a leadership change in the state.

Following Arun Singh’s remarks, Yediyurappa stated that he would be in charge for the next two years.

Under the aegis of Shri Shadakshara Bruhanmatha, 12 top seers stated that Yediyurappa was the main reason for the BJP gaining a foothold in Karnataka.

“He is frequently cornered and harassed. As seers, we condemn this. People should stop bothering the Chief Minister and begin working with him “According to the seers.

Taking serious note of a section of BJP leaders cornering Yediyurappa over his age, the seers stated that equating age with performance is an insult to a leader who has worked tirelessly for the party.

“We seers feel that repeated stupid remarks about his age irritate not only us, but the entire community, which is upset with such meaningless remarks made by his own partymen,” the seers said.

The seers bolstered their arguments by citing late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, observing that the country had witnessed CMs performing their duties flawlessly even after becoming old and wheelchair-bound.

“We must remember that Karunanidhi served as Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister while in a wheelchair. We (seers) support Yediyurappa and believe he should be the Chief Minister for the next two years “The seers spoke up.

Those who raise the issue of age, according to the seers, forget that it was Yediyurappa who worked day and night to ensure that the BJP crossed the 100-seat threshold in Karnataka.

“However, despite his efforts, the BJP would not reach 100 seats. The Lingayat community has wholeheartedly accepted him as its leader. The community will not tolerate anyone attempting to depose him on the basis of his age. He should no longer be constrained by his age “The seers spoke up.

They also claimed that the Lingayat community only supports the BJP because of Yediyurappa. Prior to the reports of a leadership change being circulated by the party’s top leaders, Yediyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra, who is also a BJP vice-president, met with several Lingayat seers under the guise of a courtesy call.

Meanwhile, Arun Singh, the BJP’s Karnataka in-charge, will be in Bengaluru on June 16 for a three-day visit. He will meet with state cabinet members as well as some party MLAs.

A section of BJP MLAs in Karnataka had openly demanded that the party’s top brass provide them with a platform to air their grievances against Yediyurappa’s style of governance.

These leaders believe Yediyurappa has received more attention than he deserves, and their main beef has been the rise of his two sons – BY Raghvendra, a Lok Sabha MP from Shivamogga district, and his younger brother Vijayendra, who is viewed as a shadow CM in Karnataka by his own partymen.

(With Agency Inputs)

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