Karnataka: Governor accepts resignation submitted by CM Yediyurappa
Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot has accepted the resignation submitted by Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa.
A notification issued by the Government says that the Governor has accepted the resignation and dissolved the Council of Ministers headed by him.
However, Yediyurappa has been asked to function as Chief Minister, till his successor is nominated.
In an emotional speech today, Mr Yediyurappa had announced his resignation during Sadhana Samavesha organised on the occasion of his government completing two years term.
A tall BJP leader in Karnataka who spearheaded a successful campaign for his party has stepped down as Chief Minister for the fourth consecutive time without completing his full term.
In 2007, BJP with 79 seats had formed the State Government along with JD(S) thereby providing a threshold for BJP in the South. However, that was short-lived when JD(S) withdrew support.
In 2008, BJP gained 110 seats and with the help of independents Yediyurappa became Chief Minister for the second time.
However, again his tenure was short-lived due to allegations of illegal mining.
In 2018, he took oath as Chief Minister for the third time when BJP won 104 seats.
However, JD(S) and Congress came together to form the Government when Yediyurappa failed to prove majority.
After a series of defections from Congress and JD(S) to BJP, Yediyurappa was sworn in for the fourth time. However, today he stepped down after two years.
The tenure of this Government is till 2023. Being a charismatic leader of the state, Yediyurappa said that he will continue working for the party.