Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyurappa has stated that the party’s state unit has been told by the high command to not topple the Congress-JD(S) coalition government currently in power in the state.
"Our Delhi leaders have told us to not destabilise the state government in Karnataka. We are not power hungry and we don't need it. We have the strength to work as the opposition. Our government is in power in New Delhi. As long as development happens we don't say anything," he said speaking to reporters on Friday.
Yeddyurappa's statement comes at a time when there is uncertainty over the future of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka. He said that recent reports about the future of the state government is linked to former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's attempts to destabilise the government.
"At the outset, it looks like Siddaramaiah is sending legislators and playing a game with himself to prove his importance to Congress. Taking note of this, party high command has directed us to not destabilise the government", Yeddyurappa added.
Yeddyurappa, whose term as BJP state president will be completed this year, met national BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday.
Senior Congress and JD(S) leaders have held multiple meetings ever since the Lok Sabha Election results declared on May 23 confirmed a rout for the two parties in Karnataka. Each party was able to win just one seat each with the BJP sweeping 25 out of the 28 seats in the state.
Meanwhile, the BJP has 105 MLAs in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly. The coalition has 116 MLAs and holds the support of the lone BSP MLA and two independents.