BJP veteran Yediyurappa gets new luxury car to travel to Karnataka
Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, who returned from five day family vacation in the Maldives this week, received a premium Toyota hybrid car, worth almost Rs 1 crore. The new Toyota Vellfire is to be used by the former CM to visit the state ahead of the 2023 elections in the state assembly, sources said.
When the 78-year-old veteran BJP leader returned from the Maldives on Monday, a brand new white Toyota Vellfire car was waiting for him at Kempegowda International Airport to take him home. Yediyurappa, who resigned from his post from the Chief Minister on July 26 to make room for the youngest Basavaraj Bommai, should use the car for traveling around the state.
The Toyota Vellfire gasoline / hybrid car is registered in the name of Mythri Motors, an auto sales company owned by Yediyurappa’s family in their home neighborhood of Shimoga. According to official RTO records, the car was registered in an RTO in southern Bengaluru on August 16 – two days before Yediyurappa and his family left on vacation in the Maldives.
In 2016, when Yediyurappa was the state chairman of the BJP, he landed in controversy after being given a Toyota Land Cruiser worth Rs 1.16 crore by his party colleague Murugesh Nirani, a wealthy industrialist who is now minister.
Nirani said at the time that the car was intended to facilitate comfortable travel around the state for Yediyurappa, 73. The controversy over the car in 2016 led Yediyurappa to return the vehicle to Nirani within days of accepting it.
Despite his recent outing as Chief Minister, Yediyurappa remains a key Lingayat leader in Karnataka who is vital for the electoral fortune of the BJP. He resigned from his CM post saying he would help the BJP take power on its own in Karnataka in the next assembly polls.
Yediyurappa used a premium car provided by the state government during his tenure as chief minister.
Before stepping down as CM on July 26, Yediyurappa was besieged by corruption allegations involving family members abusing the Chief Minister’s office to accumulate wealth, raising concerns within the BJP and leading to his exit possible.
Meanwhile, Tuesday, Anand Singh, a BJP MP, took office as Minister of Tourism, Ecology and Environment in the BJP government under the leadership of the new CM Basavaraj Bommai. Singh had stayed away from his desk and official duties to protest the wallets entrusted to him. He took office on Tuesday after meeting Bommai and BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel.
The state leadership of the BJP reportedly assured Singh that she would bring her concerns to the party leadership and that he would first have to take over the responsibility given to him. Singh is said to be looking for more prestigious portfolios like the Ministry of Forests or the Ministry of Energy.
The BJP leadership in Delhi has reportedly advised Bommai to accept Singh’s resignation if he continues to use extreme means to force his way through government, BJP sources said. Bommai is due to travel to New Delhi to meet with ministers and Union leaders on Wednesday.
Bommai reportedly assured Singh to address his concerns at the appropriate time.
Two weeks ago, Singh met with Yediyurappa to say his thoughts, and the veteran leader advised the minister not to take hasty action. Singh was one of the first Congressional rebels to resign and join the BJP in 2019, which led to the exit of 16 congressional and JDS deputies and the eventual downfall of a Congress-JDS coalition in Karnataka. in 2019, leading the BJP to take power. .