The former state chief minister, who was till now discharging his duty as BJP Vice-President, became a frontrunner to assume the charge as the state party president, after the Supreme Court declined to intervene and lift a Karnataka High Court stay on his prosecution in a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The Lingayat leader will assume charge from Prahlad Joshi, whose term ended in October but was extended till today because of zilla panchayat elections. Joshi is a close aide of Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar, considered Yeddyurappa's bete noire. Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Yedyurappa said his main task as state party president would be to uproot the 'corrupt' Congress regime from Karnataka.
"My task as the chief will be to throw out the corrupt Congress rule in Karnataka," he said after thanking National BJP President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving him the responsibility.
"I will discharge my duty as the state party president with honesty and sincerity. I thank Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and several other leaders to have bestowed faith in my leadership, and I would like to take all the leaders alongside in the state," he said.

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