Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa announces resignation ending days of speculation
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday announced that he would be resigning from his position. The development brings to end days of anticipation as it was rumored that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was looking to replace Yediyurappa as Karnataka CM. The BJP had notably ruled out rumors of a change of guard in Karnataka just the day before. Here are more details.
Yediyurappa announced that he would be stepping down as Karnataka CM at an event marking the two-year anniversary of his government in the state. "I have decided to resign. I will meet the Governor after lunch," the 78-year-old CM said in a tearful speech. In a tweet, he mentioned that he would present his government's report card at 11 am in the state Assembly.
As Yediyurappa began his speech, he said former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had asked him to be a minister at the Centre, but he chose to stay in Karnataka. "It has always been an agnipariksha (trial by fire) for me. These last two years it was COVID-19," he said. Yediyurappa had dropped hints about his resignation on Sunday.
Rumors had been rife about Yediyurappa's resignation since he flew to Delhi earlier this month to hold meetings with the top BJP leadership. After the meetings, he said he had not been asked to resign. However, he later said he was ready to resign whenever. On Sunday, he said that he had heard "nothing till now" from the BJP regarding a change of guard.
Addressing rumors about Yediyurappa's exit on Sunday evening, BJP national President JP Nadda said, "Yediyurappa ji has done good work. Karnataka is being run well. He is taking care of things in his own way."
Yediyurappa rose to power in 2019 as the first and only CM from the BJP in the south. He became CM after a coup unseated the former Janata Dal Secular-Congress government led by HD Kumaraswamy. The Kumaraswamy fell as 18 MLAs resigned and joined the BJP. Many of them found positions in Yediyurappa's Cabinet. However, the CM failed to keep all factions happy.