Bengaluru : Ending wide speculation, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa finally resigns. In an emotional announcment, Yediyurappa stated his resignation at an event commemorating the 2nd anniversary of BJP government in Karnataka. The exit comes amid unrelenting calls by a section of BJP in state seeking his removal The BJP leadership will take final call on who the successor would be.
As pressure mounted in BJP circles seeking his ouster, Yediyurappa had resorted to a show of support from the Lingayat community that the party had converted into vote bank through him. The move pushed BJP plans into uncertainty. With seers from Lingayat community and Congress leaders voicing support for Yediyurappa’s continuance as CM, the central leadership became faced further dilemma.
There were strong indications of Yediyurappa’s ouster owing to pitfalls in covid mitigation measures and protests over his son’s interference in governance. On his return from Delhi after meeting with PM and Amit Shah early July, Yediyurappa had announced there were no plans for leadership change. He later corrected that view stating it is leadership that decides on his future course. A short time later, Yediyurappa arrayed dozens of seers from his Lingayat community in a show of popular support.