Board, corporation heads appointed by Yediyurappa asked to quit


Bengaluru: The way the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked the heads of various government boards and corporations appointed during the tenure of BS Yediyurappa as chief minister to resign indicates that the party leadership is out to corner him before the Karnataka assembly elections.

Yediyurappa has so far been the in charge of party. Therefore, the development surprised many politicians in the state. Sources in the party, however, said that the decision was taken to induct new faces in those corporations.

President of the BJP’s Karnataka unit Nalim Kumar Kateel and Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai recently visited Yediyurappa’s residence to brief him about the current developments.

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During his visit to Bengaluru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Yediyurappa for a few minutes at the airport to show that the former chief minister is still important for the party. The decision to replace all board and corporation heads is being seen as the party’s inclination to move out of the shadow Yediyurappa. Bommai said that the decision was taken six months ago.

Yediyurappa who has just returned from his trip to London is totally focused on his son BJP vice president B Y Vijayendra’s political career in the party. The party had denied a ticket to him in MLC elections stating that it would not encourage family politics. According to sources, Minister for Large and Medium Industries Murugesh Nirani’s brother Hanumanth Nirani and former chief minister Jagadish Shettar’s brother Pradeep Shettar were given MLC tickets. This indicates that the party does not want to create another power centre within the party. The party also decided to introduce 10 new faces in the cabinet and show doors to non-performers.