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BJP to elect new Karnataka CM tomorrow: Yeddyurappa

Bangalore, Aug 2 (ANI): Former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who resigned from his post after being indicted in Lokayukta Justice (retired) N. Santosh Hedge’s report on illegal mining, on Tuesday said the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka will elect the new state chief tomorrow.

“Tomorrow (August 03) at 11 O’clock, the legislator party meeting is fixed. Our honourable opposition party (Bharatiya Janata Party) leader Arun Jaitley and our former all-India president Rajnath Singh-they are expected to be in Bangalore in the evening (August 02). Most probably unanimously our leader will be selected,” Yeddyurappa told mediapersons in Bangalore.

Reiterating his faith in the party leadership, Yeddyurappa said he would abide by the decision taken by the party leaders.

“I am going to tour the state for the welfare of the people and I don’t have a personnel agenda. I don’t want to become a super chief minister. I am going to obey the orders of our organization,” he added.

Yeddyurappa submitted his resignation to Governor Bhardwaj at the Raj Bhavan here here on Sunday.

Apart from Yeddyurappa, mining barons Reddy brothers and several other influential leaders are reportedly involved in illegal mining in Karnataka as per Lokayukta Hegde’s report.

Justice Hegde, who formally submitted his report on July 27, confirmed that the report indicts Yeddyurappa, members of his family and a trust run by them, and added that in the four-year period between 2006 and 2010, the loss to the Karnataka exchequer from illegal mining was to the tune of Rs.16, 085 crores.

Meanwhile, Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam claimed that Janardhan Reddy, who faces more than 350 non-bail warrants, should not be made a minister.

“More than 350 non-bail warrants have been issued against Janardhan Reddy. That person was in cabinet for two to three years. Time and gain, the warrants have been issued by court. Police is unable to arrest him,” Nirupam told mediapersons in New Delhi.

“It was a mockery of law by the Bharatiya Janata Party. We welcome the appointment of new chief after Yeddyurappa, but out these four ministers, nobody should be made a minister,” he added.

Janata Dal-Secular leader H. D. Kumaraswamy on the other sought dissolution of the state assembly and hold fresh elections.

“If it is possible they will have to take the decision. Otherwise it is better to dissolve the assembly and go for fresh election that will be suitable for the BJP also,” said Kumaraswamy. (ANI)