Mysuru, Jul 5 (PTI) Despite warnings of strict action, disgruntled leaders have continued to embarrass the BJP and the government, with senior MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal on Monday reaffirming his stand that Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa should be replaced for the state and party to survive.
His comments come a day after party colleague and Tourism Minister C P Yogeshwar on Sunday spoke on the issue of leadership change in the state by linking the CM post to that of the elephant that carries the 'golden howdah' during Mysuru Dasara, which are replaced from time to time, depending on their ability.
'If the party and state has to survive, (CM) change should happen,' Yatnal said.
Speaking to reporters here, in response to a question whether the new Chief Minister will hoist the flag on August 15, he said, '...why do you want to go as far as August 15? you want to give an opportunity to loot till then? if it continues, per day Rs 100 crore will be looted.' Stating that the leadership change will be decided by the central leadership, the Vijayapura City MLA said, it is natural that changes will happen from time to time due to reasons such as age, serious allegations, which the high command is considering, and 'certainly good things will happen to the state soon'.
To a question as to how long his fight for leadership change in the state will continue, he said, 'it will end soon. I'm not astrologer to fix a time...if the party has to survive in Karnataka the change has to happen.' There are many alternative leaders to Yediyurappa in the party, the former union Minister said, adding, there is no such thing any more that that he is the leader of Veerashaiva Lingayats.
The 'current administration is going on in such a way that the Lingayats have to bow their heads down', he said.
'A few Swamijis as they have got dakshina (money as offerings) are saying that the party will get destroyed if he (Yediyurappa) is made to step down.Why are a few Mutts and Swamijis indulging in politics? Let them do their duty of showing right path to the society..or else remove 'kaavi' (saffron robes) and wear 'khadi' like us (politicians),' he said.
Yatnal, who visited Chamundeshwari temple here, said he had prayed to the goddess to free the state from Corona, end the evil elements and do good for Karnataka.
He said that he has prayed for the end of evil elements such as those who indulge in corruption and looting and has caused disrepute.
'The media is aware of who they are, they are both in ruling and opposition parties,' he said and claimed that it is compromise and adjustment politics that is prevailing in the state and the opposition parties are 'dead'.
'Where is the opposition? What are they doing? They too are business partners.' Accusing Yediyurappa and team of targeting other leaders in the BJP who can pose a challenge to them, he alleged they had made Sriramulu and Ramesh Jarkiholi who are from Valmiki community 'scapegoats'.
'They are not making good Lingayat leaders Ministers and a backward class leader like K S Eshwarappa is not being allowed to work freely,' he said.
On the arrest of a man who is said to be the personal assistant of Minister Sriramulu by the Central Crime Branch following CM's son Vijayendra's complaint for allegedly misusing his name to cheat people, he said 'there is a drawing room behind Cauvery (official residence of the CM)..
the chambers there are good compared to Cauvery, all business relating to loot happens there, CCB has to raid there.' Yatnal has been openly demanding Yediyurappa's replacement and has repeatedly set dates for his removal, despite the party clarifying that the CM will continue.
He has also accused Yediyurappa and his family members, more specifically son Vijayendra, who is state BJP vice president, of corruption and interference in administration.PTI KSU RS BN BALA BN BALA