DAVOS Exclusive: Farmer’s son Yediyurappa dons suit and tie for investments at WEF
Wearing a suit and a tie, Yediyurappa held a series of meetings with top business leaders of the world to attract investments in Karnataka.
Karnataka Chief Minsiter and BJP leader BS Yediyurappa in conversation with Rahul Kanwal at Davos 2020
- Karnataka CM is in Davos to seek investments for his state
- It is for the first time that the state has put a pavilion at WEF in 17 years
- Speaking to India Today TV, Yediyurappa said that investors have shown interest
Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader BS Yediyurappa – who takes pride in his farmer’s son image – was seen in a new avatar at World Economic Forum 2020 underway at Davos. Wearing a suit and a tie, Yediyurappa held a series of meetings with top business leaders of the world to attract investments in Karnataka.
While, states like Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are regulars at the economic summit, a Karnataka CM has set up a pavilion at the WEF after 17 years.
Talking about his new image, BS Yediyurappa said that he still identifies himself as the farmer’s son but now he knows that industries are equally important. “Farmers and irrigation are my first priority, but I know industries are important as well. I am very happy that we chose to come to WEF after so many years. It has surely helped the investors know our mind and eagerness to invite investments. We have shown them we are serious in our business.”
Yediyurappa told India Today TV that out of the 40 investor meets he attended, several companies have expressed interest in bringing their businesses to Karnataka. “We will make sure that all their concerned in a time-bound manner, we will listen to them and make sure all their hurdles are removed as soon as possible,” he said.
Speaking about the anti-CAA protests in Karnataka and the rest of India, Yediyurppa said that they were baseless and politically motivated. “I want to ask my Muslim friends to give me one example where Muslims are going to be affected [by CAA]. I posed this question a few days ago at a gathering of Haj leaders and they agreed with me that since Congress has no other issue they are creating an issue out of this. Students who are protesting will soon realise their mistake,” he said.
Yediyurappa denied the claim that he was on the outs with the party’s central leadership. “Entire Centre is with me. In the recent elections, we won 12 out of 15 seats, whereas Congress and others lost their deposit on some seats. It is not a small thing.”
On being asked if he was being snubbed by the top BJP leadership, Yediyurappa claimed that he is set to meet them in the next couple of days and finalise cabinet expansion plans in his state. “We haven’t been able to meet so far due to other engagements and not because they did not give me time,” Karnataka CM said.
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