Bengaluru:Ruling out any leadership change,the party's Karnataka unit on Wednesday said it will face the next election too under Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, and warned of action against indiscipline.
The assertion comes following a comment by senior BJP legislator Basanagouda Patil Yatnal that Yediyurappa will not remain Chief Minister for long.
Facing flak from partymen, Yatnal has tried to defend his remarks saying he was functioning as a public representative with conscience and not motivated by ministerial aspirations.
"There is no question of Chief Minister change in the state, for the next three years Yediyurappa will remain the Chief Minister, " state BJP said in a tweet quoting its president Nalin Kumar Kateel.
"Yediyurappa will complete his term and we will face the next election also under his leadership.
Disciplinary action will be taken against those indulging in indiscipline," he said.
Indicating a rebellion, Yatnal had on Monday said that Yediyurappa will not remain the Chief Minister for long and the high command has decided that his successor will be from the north Karnataka region.
The former Union Minister had even accused the Chief Minister of taking all the development work to his home district of Shivamogga, while taking back the funds allocated to MLAs of other constituencies.
While Yediyurappa, not wishing to react to Yatnal's statement, has merely said he will talk to the disgruntled leader, several BJP leaders and ministers have hit out at him.
Continuing the attack against Yatnal, senior BJP leader and Rural Development Minister K S Eshwarappa today termed his statements as "foolish" and urged the party state unit president to expel him immediately and there was no need to give any notice as he has given an open statement, which is an act of indiscipline.
"It has become a habit for some people to make such statements as it will attract media attention.
At a recently held legislature party meeting where he (Yatnal) was present, the Chief Minister asked all legislators to share their concerns, and he was sitting with his mouth shut and now is giving statements," he said.
Amid attacks on him by partymen, Yatnal on his part has tried to defend himself.
In a late night tweet, he said "I'm working as a public representative with conscience and by becoming the voice of the people for Karnataka's development.
I have never bowed down before any one or indulged in skulduggery with a Ministerial aspiration.I'm not that type."
This is not the first time that Yatnal has expressed his displeasure against Yediyurappa.
Claiming that he was upset regarding development of his constituency, Yatnal, while denying ministerial aspirations and rebellion against the 77-year-old Chief Minister, had in June stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were his leaders and Yediyurappa was "only the Chief Minister."
There has been speculation in some quarters in recent times about the possible change in leadership, considering Yediyurappa's age, but the BJP has strongly rejected it.
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Bengaluru, Nov 30: Congress Karnataka unit president D K Shivakumar on Monday said Hinduism is no one's property and the party believes in the Hindutva of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, and in protecting the interest of people belonging to all communities.
"Ours is Mahatma Gandhi's Hindutva, Vivekananda's Hindutva...Hinduism is no one's property....India's tradition, culture is the wealth that belongs to all of us .
We (Congress) will protect and safeguard the interest of everyone as said in our constitution," Shivakumar told reporters in response to a question about recent developments regarding inter-faith marriages and Hindutva politics.
"Protecting the constitution is our commitment and our stand," he added.
Shivakumar had convened a meeting of senior leaders of the party today on developments in the state and strengthening the Congress as an organisation.
Shivakumar said booth and panchayat level committees will be formed in the coming days towards organising the party and to make Congress a cadre based party.
The booth committees will be called "Praja Pratinidhi" and it will have representation from across sections of the society.
"We will implement it during the upcoming gram panchayat elections itself," he said.
The Karnataka State Election Commission on Monday announced polls to 5,762 gram panchayats in the state in two phases on December 22 and 27, and the model code of conduct has come into immediate effect.
Welcoming the announcement of the polls, Shivakumar said "For the gram panchayat election we are forming nine teams.All our leaders will be part of it.
However senior they (leaders) are, they will visit various parts of the state from district to assembly level.
MLAs have been given responsibility of neighbouring constituencies," he said.