Yeddyurappa to head BJP in Karnataka, says 'main task to uproot corrupt Congress'

I will discharge my duty as the state party president with honesty and sincerity, says Yeddyurappa.

Bengaluru: BJP on Friday appointed former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa as Karnataka unit president. By appointing Yeddyurappa, a prominent lingayat face, the party decided to bank on its old warhorse in Karnataka.

He was earlier forced to resign as chief minister over graft allegations and quit the party to form his own outfit.

Newly-appointed BJP Karnataka chief asserted that his main task would be to uproot the corrupt Congress regime from the state.

The former state chief minister, who was till now discharging his duty as BJP Vice-President, became a frontrunner to assume the charge as the state party president, after the Supreme Court declined to intervene and lift a Karnataka High Court stay on his prosecution in a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The Lingayat leader will assume charge from Prahlad Joshi, whose term ended in October but was extended till today because of zilla panchayat elections. Joshi is a close aide of Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar, considered Yeddyurappa's bete noire.

Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Yedyurappa said his main task as state party president would be to uproot the "corrupt" Congress regime from Karnataka.

"My task as the chief will be to throw out the corrupt Congress rule in Karnataka," he said after thanking National BJP President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving him the responsibility.

"I will discharge my duty as the state party president with honesty and sincerity. I thank Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and several other leaders to have bestowed faith in my leadership, and I would like to take all the leaders alongside in the state," he said.

Yedyurappa said in his political career he has tasted many sweet and sour moments, but assuming charge as the party chief in the state is one the sweet moments.

In January, the Karnataka High Court had quashed 15 FIRs filed against the senior BJP leader for alleged illegal denotification of lands based on a CAG report.

The order came as yet another breather for Yeddyurappa, close on the heels of the High Court quashing former Governor H R Bhardwaj's sanction for prosecuting him when he was the chief minister and also the Lokayukta court striking down four FIRs against him for alleged illegal land denotification.

( Source : PTI )
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