Bengaluru: BJP’s BS Yediyurappa has taken charge as the new chief minister of Karnataka after the Congress-JD(S) government failed to win the floor test in the State Assembly earlier this week.
With Yediyurappa at the helm of affairs, reports suggested that the party leadership has asked his family members to not interfere in the state government’s affairs
Sources said that senior BJP leaders have given “strict instructions” to Yediurappa to “keep his kin at bay”.
Yediyurappas younger son, Vijayendra, who played a crucial role in ensuring the fall of the HD Kumaraswamy government, has also been reportedly asked to maintain a low profile and not get involved in any controversy that could hamper his father’s or party’s image.
BS Yediyurappa had been entangled in a series of legal cases owing to corruption charges during his tenure as the chief minister in 2008.
On the other hand, BSY’s eldest son BY Raghavendra has said that he would focus on his work as the MP of Shivamogga constituency, his eldest daughter Umadevi has categorically stated that she won’t be interfering in the political affairs of her father.
His eldest daughter, in fact, had earlier handled his social media profile. She was quoted as saying, “Earlier, I used to look after his travel arrangements and other things. Social media was not much active then, so I initiated it. Now, the BJP office handles it. I would prefer to look after my BPO company, my involvement in my father’s political affairs would not be there.”
Speaking on this issue, BJP general secretary (Karnataka in-charge) P Muralidhar Rao told the daily that the party would not allow family members to grow. He added that a party member’s future in the BJP could be affected if he or she gets involved in a controversy.
Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje also said that there was “no question of any intervention” and that the chief minister was a strong individual who would never get bogged down under pressure.
Notably, the HD Kumaraswamy government had faced charges of nepotism as MLAs and bureaucrats had accused his kin, particularly, brother HD Revanna, of intervening in issues related to the administration.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa’s family members ‘asked to not intervene in govt’s affairs’ by BJP: Reports – Times Now