Amid exit talk, BS Yediyurappa says privileged to be loyal worker of BJP.


KARNATAKA CHIEF Minister B S Yediyurappa, who maintained silence over the past four days as members of his Lingayat community and supporters opposed any move by the BJP central leadership to replace him, issued a statement on Wednesday to reaffirm his loyalty to the BJP and to adhere to the party’s discipline.

“I am privileged to be a loyal worker of the BJP. It is my utmost honour to serve the party with the highest standards of ethics and behaviour. I urge everyone to act in accordance with party ethics and not indulge in protests/indiscipline that is disrespectful and embarrassing for the party,” Yediyurappa said amid speculation he would leave office once the government completes two years on July 26.

Yediyurappa traveled to Delhi over the past weekend and was reportedly told by party leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he should work towards bringing the BJP to power again – in what is being seen as a sign that the BJP is expecting the 78-year-old veteran to resign of his volition in the coming days.

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