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Bengaluru: Soon after BS Yediyurappa introduced his resignation on Monday, everybody’s focus turned to his attainable successor. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is but to make an announcement on the brand new chief minister and state BJP leaders say a delegation from New Delhi will arrive in Bengaluru on Tuesday, and announce the choice.

When requested if he had recommended a alternative for chief minister, Yediyurappa mentioned, “I have not given any names, nor will I suggest anyone. Who should be made (the next CM) is left to the central leadership. I will continue doing my work.”

HT spoke with a number of leaders within the celebration to get an thought of the names doing the rounds.A senior chief who has served within the Karnataka cupboard mentioned that there might be a generational shift within the state’s management. “To give you an example, after the demise of Anant Kumar, the party chose to field Tejasvi Surya as the candidate. It was big change and it was for the long term. So such a change could be expected this time,” mentioned this particular person, who didn’t need to be named.

A state minister mentioned the chief minister might be from the omnipotent Lingayat neighborhood to which Yediyurappa belongs , including that choosing a chief minister from every other neighborhood could be mistake. “The party knows the importance of the Lingayat community. We have seen in the last three days how Lingayat seers have rallied behind Yediyurappa. We are hearing some names of (Murugesh) Nirani and Arvind Bellad,” mentioned the minister who too requested to not be named.

Nirani and Bellad are Lingayat leaders from north Karnataka, which is the heartland of the neighborhood. Nirani, a three-term MLA from Bilgi constituency, is presently the minister for mines and geology. Nirani is from the Panchamasali sub-sect of the Lingayat neighborhood, the biggest sub-sect within the Lingayat neighborhood. Since there was a requirement for a chief minister from this neighborhood and from north Karnataka, he stands a very good likelihood, one other celebration chief mentioned.

However, different leaders claimed that the Lingayat neighborhood didn’t need Nirani to be the chief minister. “He is a businessman, and the community wants someone who is a political figure and who will stand with the community,” an MLA from north Karnataka mentioned on situation of anonymity.

Bellad is a two-term MLA however he’s but to get a cupboard position. While being a Lingayat chief places him on the listing of possible candidates, his lack of expertise may match towards him.

Meanwhile, there’s additionally some discuss inside the celebration {that a} non-Lingayat chief might be chosen for the highest publish and the names of Pralhad Joshi, CT Ravi and CN Ashwath Narayan have been doing the rounds.

Joshi, who led the celebration in 2013, when the Yediyurappa left the BJP to type one other celebration, is presently serving because the union minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal, and Mines. However, the state hasn’t had a Brahmin chief minister since 1988 and Joshi is a Brahmin from north Karnataka.

Joshi did maintain a meeting on the Karnataka problem in New Delhi on Monday, and there’s some hypothesis that the BJP may go for a Brahmin candidate. “But the fact is that if they are considering Brahmin candidate, as much as Joshi, BL Santosh (BJP General Secretary organisation) has a chance. After Yediyurappa, he is the tallest leader in the party and he is very close to the Prime Minister,” mentioned a BJP legislator from south Karnataka who requested to not be named.

CT Ravi and Ashwath Narayan, who’re from the Vokkaliga neighborhood, which is the second-largest vote financial institution within the state, are on the listing of possible candidates. “There has been a talk in the party to move away from its dependence on the Lingayat community. Having a chief minister from the Vokkaliga community will help us break into that vote bank. And leaders like Ravi and Ashwath are young. They are good choices,” mentioned a senior chief who didn’t need to be named.

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