Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot on Monday (July 26) accepted BS Yediyurappa’s resignation and asked him to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister till the next CM is sworn in.
Ending months of speculation, Yediyurappa, earlier in the day, announced his decision of stepping down at a special event organised at Vidhana Soudha to present the government’s report card on the occasion of the completion of two years of the BJP-led state government in the current term.
Later, he met Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot at the Raj Bhavan and submitted his resignation.
Karnataka Governor dissolved the Council of Ministers headed by CM BS Yediyurappa with immediate effect.
Speaking to reporters after submitting his resignation, Yediyurappa said, “Nobody pressurised me to resign. I did it on my own so that someone else can take over as CM after the completion of two years of government. I’ll work to bring BJP back in power in the next election. I’ve not given the name of anyone who should succeed me.”
He also assured that he and his supporters shall give their 100 per cent to whoever is the next Chief Minister.
“We will work under whoever has been selected as the new CM by the (BJP) high command. I will give my 100 per cent and my supporters will also give their 100 per cent. There is no need to make any inference of dissatisfaction,” said Yediyurappa.
Stating that he decided to resign two days back, Yediyurappa said, “I am grateful to PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah & BJP chief JP Nadda for giving me the opportunity to serve Karnataka for two years. I also thank the people of Karnataka and my constituency.”
Supporters of Yediyurappa at his hometown Shikaripura, in Shivamogga district shut down shops and commercial establishments in disappointment after he resigned from CM post.
Meanwhile Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Karnataka BJP in-charge Arun Singh are likely to be two central observers for Karnataka.