Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa handed over his resignation to Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot on Monday afternoon stating that, “No one from the high command forced me to resign.”
Ending days of speculations, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa handed over his resignation to Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot on Monday afternoon. Stepping out after his meeting with the Governor, he said that the party leaders will decide who the next CM will be.
Asking ministers to cooperate with whoever replaces him, he assured that sitting ministers who have come in from the Congress and JD(S) will not be affected by the change.
Yediyurappa also clarified that the resignation was his own decision and no one had forced him to quit. “No one from the high command forced me to resign,” Yediyurappa added.
On being asked if he is willing to serve as the 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. I will work to bring BJP back in power in the next elections.”
In his tweets on Monday afternoon, Yediyurappa said that he has dedicated his entire 50 years of public life towards nation-building and fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Karnataka.
— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) July 26, 2021
Yediyurappa had announced the decision to resign during a programme commemorating two years of the BJP government in Karnataka. Getting emotional while speaking about his journey in politics, the Chief Minister added, “At a time when there were no cars, I remember cycling to work for the BJP party in Shikaripura, Shimoga. We, along with a few BJP workers, built the party and took it to where it is today.”
However, he may continue as the caretaker CM till his replacement is confirmed by the BJP high command, as there is no clarity regarding a successor yet.
“When Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister, he had asked me to be a minister at the Centre. However, I said I will be in Karnataka and serve the people of the state” Yediyurappa said during an emotional speech. He added, “It has always been an ‘agnipariksha’ (trial by fire) for me in these last two years since there was a pandemic,” he said.
“It is my desire that BJP comes back to power at the Centre under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah again,” he added.