Karnataka Chief Minister and senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa on Friday ended frequent speculations about his continuance as the head of the BJP government in the state, saying he will be the Chief Minister for the remaining period (two years) and there is no question of change.
Responding to a question by scribes here, Yediyurappa asserted that, "I will remain as Chief Minister for another 2 years. There is no doubt about it. Yesterday, party National General Secretary and in charge of party affairs in Karnataka Arun Singh has also made it clear about my continuation and hence the question of change does not arise."
''Hundred percent, when our Karnataka in-charge has said there is no change for the remaining two years and good work is happening under my leadership, my responsibility has increased. I will put more effort and honestly work for the next two years, and try to live up to the trust shown in me by PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,'' he added.
A section of legislators led by Tourism Minister CP Yogeshwar and party legislator Arvind Bellad travelled to Delhi last week with allegations of corruption against Mr Yediyurappa, post which the chief minister said he is ready to resign if senior leaders of the party ask for it.
Speculation has been rife for some time now that efforts were on, by a section of the ruling BJP to exert pressure for unseating Yediyurappa.