Bengaluru: The way CM Yediyurappa broke down on Monday while announcing his resignation, has raised many questions for the BSY supporters as well as the rival camp. While BSY supporters, who had held his back for months while many rebel BJP MLAs talked against the former chief minister and rigorously pushed BJP camp for a leadership change in the state, in a curious turn of event, Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar expressed his curiosity about Yediyurappa’s sudden resignation.
“It was not the tears of one person. It is the tears of a chief minister who represents the state. What is the pain behind this? Who caused that pain? Let this be revealed to the people of the state,” Karnataka Congress unit President DK Shivakumar said during a press interaction in Bengaluru on Monday.
Speaking from his house in Sadashiva Nagar, Shivakumar mentioned BS Yediyurappa’s resignation and said, “There is no happiness visible behind his resignation. Instead, the pain was clearly visible. What’s that pain? Who is responsible for that, he should explain it to the people of the state.
“I will quote my reviews on his resignation later. But before that, the CM should explain his pain to the people. Was he pained because our people suffered two years of Corona? Is it because the party high-command didn’t control the MLA’s? People should know this,” Shivakumar asked.
Hinting at the rift in the BJP-led government in Karnataka, Congress leader Shivakumar took a swipe at the rebel MLA’s who have raised corruption charges against BSY and his son. On July 6, weeks after BJP Karnataka President Arun Singh met with MLAs, Minister for Tourism CP Yogeshwar and legislator Basavanagouda Patil Yatnal launched a fresh attack on the government led by BS Yediyurappa. Yatnal accused BJP Vice President and son of CM, BY Vijayendra, of “holding talks and brokering deals with people in CM’s drawing room.”
“The BJP leaders themselves stabbed Yediyurappa from behind. Eshwarappa gave complaints against CM to the Governor, another MLA said he had written an exam, one more was seen speaking wayward against him on the streets showing disrespect,” Shivakumar said.
“The state and national leaders have consistently troubled Yediyurappa since beginning. Yediyurappa didn’t get support from the high-command. They didn’t control who foul-mouthed him,” he said.
“Yediyurappa has put an end to everything by resigning today. We didn’t trouble Yediyurappa. We clapped when he asked. We helped people during corona times. Other than that, we haven’t hounded him unnecessarily as others. I won’t speak about who is going to replace him. It is their party’s matter,” Shivakumar added while discussing the rift among BJP MPs and MLAs in Karnataka.
As an olive branch, Shivakumar added that Congress expects the return of turncoats soon but added that Yediyurappa’s exit will not affect the opposition party as such.
“Whoever left congress has lost their positions today. We shall further see if they want to return to the party. We don’t find any profit in Yediyurappa being replaced. People of the state have already decided to replace the BJP itself,” he said.