Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday resigned from his post, ending weeks of speculations over his future. Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot accepted his resignation and dissolved the council of ministers headed by Yediyurappa.
Governor Gehlot said in a statement, “In exercise of the powers vested in me under Article 164 (1) of the Constitution of India, I, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Governor of Karnataka, hereby accept the resignation of Shri B.S. Yediyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka. Consequently the Council of Ministers headed by stands dissolved.”
Yediyurappa took to Twitter to write, “It has been an honour to have served the state for the past two years. I have decided to resign as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. I am humbled and sincerely thank the people of the state for giving me the opportunity to serve them.”
He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda saying that he was ‘grateful’ for their support.
It has been an honour to have served the state for the past two years. I have decided to resign as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. I am humbled and sincerely thank the people of the state for giving me the opportunity to serve them. (1/2)
— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) July 26, 2021
The 78-year-old veteran BJP leader had become earlier become emotional as he announced his resignation.
Incidentally, Yediyurappa’s resignation comes on the day his government completed two years in Karnataka. It’s not clear who the BJP would announce as his successor.
Yediyurappa was sworn in as the state’s chief minister in 2019, a year after the Congress and the JDS formed the government in Karnataka. This was after the Congress-JDS government collapsed due to rebellion within their parties. As many as 17 MLAs belonging to both the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular had resigned and left the stay for Mumbai, where they had been camping under police protection.