Bengaluru: Who will be the successor of CM BS Yediyurappa? It is the million-dollar question in the state political circles. If sources in both BJP and RSS are to be believed, Murugesh Nirani, an engineering graduate who hails from North Karnataka region is likely to be the next CM of Karnataka. As he belongs to the dominant panchamasali sect of the Lingayat community, caste arithmetic is also favouring him.
For the last few days, Nirani is not reachable to any leaders except for his close aides. He met union home minister Amit Shah at New Delhi. Since then, he has not made any public appearance. On Monday July 19 he was seen in Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh. Later he called on UP CM Yogi.
According to the sources even though a section of veerashaiva seers is opposing the CM change decision, BJP high command has made a decisive decision. “He will be replaced by August 6. Along with it, senior leaders like Jagadish Shettar, K.S. Eshwarappa will also be rested. New team will have young guns,” explained an RSS leader to Newskarnataka.com. “It is proved that Eshwarappa or Shettar can’t help the party to win votes. We need new faces to win 2023. Congress is in an attacking mood. So, we can’t play defence shots anymore,” he said.
Why Nirani? According to BJP sources, Nirani has several advantages. “He has caste, cash and age power. He can tour the state. He can take his community together which is enough for BJP to return to power. He is a team worker. He listens to the RSS leaders. Like Assam, UP and Uttarkhand, he suits party’s plans,” explained an MLA.
According to the sources, alleged audio clip of BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel was released on social media to test the weather. “It may not be of Kateel. But it set up a debate over the CM change issue. BJP is gauzing the public mood,” he said.
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