Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced his resignation today. In a tearful speech at the Vidhan Sabha premises, he said that he has decided to resign and is going to meet the Governor after lunch. Ending weeks of speculation raised by many, Yediyurappa gave his resignation today.
Speaking to the reporters, he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, and JP Nadda. He further added that he was given the chance to rule as Chief Minister despite being more than 75. He said that "I had decided to resign some time back. I thought it best to resign today as we mark the completion of two years in this term. Nobody pressured me to resign. I did it on my own so that someone else can take over as Chief Minister 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 will succeed me."
Within hours after the resignation of CM BS Yediyurappa, BJP workers in Shikaripura, the constituency which Yediyurappa represented, expressed their disappointment with the latest decision. The BJP workers staged a protest and businesspersons, shopkeepers have closed their shops in the afternoon. Business establishments on S.H. Raod, Petrol Bunk Road, and Taluk Office Road were closed.
Speaking to reporters, Sorab MLA Kumar Bangarappa stated that, "As a loyal party soldier, he submitted his resignation. He is still our leader. During his term in office, he gave a green signal for a number of development projects in the constituency."