Bangalore: Despite getting increasingly isolated over the damning report on illegal mining, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, Wednesday, remained confident of completing his five year term.
"Central leadership has not asked me to step down.Only
(HD) Deve Gowda, (H D) Kumaraswamy (JDS leaders) and
Siddaramaiah (Congress leader) and you people (media) are
asking", Yeddyurappa told reporters.
The Chief Minister said he is working for the
development of the state "day and night", and had also been
praised for fiscal management and then posed a question to the
media: "Are you happy or not ?".
He said he has not been summoned by BJP`s central
leadership but pointed out that as a national party, he "talks
to them daily". "Ours is not like Deve Gowda`s party".
Asked if he would dissolve the Assembly, the Chief
Minister said, "After two years (when the term of the
government ends)....we will go for elections (after two
His confident words come just hours before Lokayukta Santosh Hedge is to submit his report on the mining scam to the state chief secretary.
Yeddyurappa further said: “All the party leadership in Karnataka is pressing me to complete my term.”
On being indicted by the Lokayukta, he said, “I was the first Chief Minister to refer the matter to the Lokayukta. Why has the Lokayukta given the report? It is because of me.”
“I am 100% confident, I have done no wrong,” he said.
The embattled CM also dismissed the suggestions that the state cabinet will reject the Lokayukta report if it indicts him and other ministers.
“Why should we reject the report if it concerns the development of the state,” he said.
He also took on the Opposition saying that they have never cooperated.
“Congress should worry…after Independence, first time a Prime Minister is in a peculiar situation…even though he is a nice gentleman,” he added.
Meanwhile, state Governor HR Bhardwaj, who had crossed swords with the Chief Minister over various issues, said that he won’t comment on the Lokayukta report before it is out. But he did say that “Justice Hegde is ready with all the ammunition against the Chief Minister.”