Guwahati News Desk: The 78-year-old Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa, resigned as Karnataka CM on Monday.
B S Yediyurappa on Monday, submitted his resignation to the Governor, Thawarchand Gehlot, at Raj Bhavan.
Prior to his resignation, Yediyurappa stated, “I have decided that after lunch I will go to Raj Bhavan and resign – not out of sadness but with happiness and with thanks to all leaders.”
Yediyurappa thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda for giving him the opportunity to serve as the Chief Minister for two years, despite completing 75 years.
Meanwhile, the Congress party demanded the ouster of the BJP government in Karnataka, instead of the party finding a replacement for Chief Minister Yediyurappa who had resigned.
The Congress party further alleged that the BJP government in Karnataka was “illegitimate as it was born out of defection and corruption, the main opposition party wondered whether changing the face would also change the government’s ‘diabolical character’.
The former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly, tweeted, “There is no benefit for the common man if one corrupt CM is removed to make another corrupt as CM. Instead the whole BJP party, which is responsible for the miseries of people, should be ousted.”
According to sources, there seemed to be no “closure” for Yediyurappa, the BJP’s “comeback man” in Karnataka, as he could never complete a full term in office, despite becoming the Chief Minister four times, surmounting odds.
Meanwhile, several queries were going on regarding Yediyurappa being pressurized into taking the decision.
However, Yediyurappa clarified that the resignation was his own decision and no one forced him to resign.
Also, on being asked if he is willing to serve as a Governor of any state, he said, “There is no question about me leaving the state. I will continue to work for the welfare of the people in Karnataka.”
He added, “I will work to bring BJP back in power in the next election. I have not given the name of anyone who should succeed me.”
Meanwhile, the party leaders will be deciding on the next CM of Karnataka. For which, Yediyurappa went ahead and asked all the ministers to cooperate with his successor.