I don't want to become super CM: Yeddyurappa
In an apparent bid to reject criticism that he wants to rule by proxy by installing D V Sadananda Gowda as his successor,
B S Yeddyurappa, who resigned from post of the Karnataka chief minister on Sunday, asserted he did not want to become "a super CM".
"I don't want to become a super CM," he told newsmen in Bengaluru, as the race for the chief Minister's post hotted up ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party legislative party meeting slated in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
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Image: B S Yeddyurappa resigned from post of Karnataka chief minister on Sunday
'Will obey orders of Advani, Gadkari'
Yeddyurappa said he would "obey the orders" of the party and leaders like Atal Behari Vajpayee, L K Advani and (BJP President) Nitin Gadkari, "who are going to guide us."
As the BJP grapples with the crisis over the successor issue, it appeared that it would be a straight contest between Yeddyurappa's nominee Gowda and Jagadish Shettar, being propped up by the rival camp led by party national general secretary H N Ananth Kumar and state BJP Chief K S Eshwarappa.
Yeddyurappa resigned on Sunday in the wake of Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicting him after much defiance and his exit has led the BJP to another crisis as party leaders try to find a successor with the state unit badly divided.
Image: Senior BJP leader Advani talks to party President Nitin Gadkari
Jaitley, Rajnath Singh head to Bengaluru
"I am going to tour the state for the welfare of the people, and I don't have any personal agenda", Yeddyurappa said.
Informing that central observers Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh would arrive in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening, he said, "Most probably... unanimously... our leader will be selected, and from Thursday, we will only concentrate on the development of the state."
Yeddyurappa's comment -- that he does not want to become a super CM -- comes in the wake of a section of the rival side trying to project that Gowda would be his "puppet" and that Yeddyurappa would pull the strings.