Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday announced his resignation from the post of CM. He said that after lunch I will meet the governor and submit my resignation to him. The BJP government has completed two years in the state today. During the same program, while announcing his resignation, he said that I have always gone through a litmus test.
Strong hold on Lingayat community
Yediyurappa has a strong hold on the Lingayat community. In such a situation, after his resignation, the biggest challenge for the BJP will be to cultivate this community. On the previous day, over 100 saints from various Lingayat monasteries had met Yeddyurappa and offered his support. The saints had warned the BJP that if he was removed, there would be consequences.
Lingayat influence on 100 assembly seats in Karnataka
The Lingayat community in Karnataka is around 17%. Out of 224 assembly seats in the state, about 90-100 seats are dominated by the Lingayat community. The Lingayat community influences nearly half of the state’s population. In such a situation, it will not be easy for BJP to remove Yedi. Removing him would mean losing the votes of this community.
Earlier on July 16, Yeddyurappa had reached Delhi and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The sudden meeting had fueled speculation about Yeddyurappa’s resignation. After this he met BJP President JP Nadda, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
BS Yediyurappa’s alternative to BJP in Karnataka?
Assembly elections are due in Karnataka in 2023. The question is, why is the BJP keeping Yedi as the CM at the age of the guide? Actually, the alternative of 78-year-old Yeddyurappa is not present with the BJP.
Yedi is a strong leader of Lingayat caste. He is a fan of Karnataka politics. At present, the leader of his stature is not even with the Congress or any other party.
So even if the BJP removes him from the post and makes someone else the chief minister, Yeddyurappa’s support will be needed.
If Yeddyurappa cuts his throat from the BJP, then the BJP may also have to bear its loss in the state.