Even as Karnataka BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel's purported audio conversation, hinting at a possible leadership change in the state, fuelled more speculation on B S Yediyurappa's exit as Chief Minister, senior BJP leader Basavaraj Patil Yatnal on Monday said that the party's central leadership will soon pick a new CM, someone who is "honest, pro Hindu, and capable of bringing the BJP back to power". The leaked audio, which has a voice resembling that of Kateel — he has denied any links to the audio and dismissed it as fake — hints at one of three Karnataka leaders currently based in Delhi being sent as CM to replace Yediyurappa, 78. Yediyurappa, who returned from Delhi on Saturday, did not issue any statement on Monday to emphasise his continuance in office for the remaining two years of the BJP government's tenure. https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png Yatnal, a former Union minister, MLA from Bijapur in north Karnataka, and seen as one of the most prominent Yediyurappa baiters in recent days, said on Monday: "I am not in any race. The PM will pick a leader who is honest, pro-Hindu and capable of bringing the party to power in the next polls as CM." Read… Read full this story
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