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In emotional resignation speech, Yeddyurappa promises Modi all 28 Karnataka Lok Sabha seats in 2019

Ahead of a floor test in the Karnataka assembly, BS Yeddyurappa resigned saying that the people had rejected Congress and JDS in the polls, but they formed an opportunistic alliance against the popular mandate.

Karnataka Elections 2018 Updated: May 19, 2018 17:31 IST
Venkatesh Babu
Venkatesh Babu
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
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Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa making a speech in the Karnataka assembly on Saturday(ANI Photo)

BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa dramatically resigned as chief minister ahead of the Karnataka assembly trust vote on Saturday, saying that he would go on working for the people of the state, while criticising the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) for forming an “opportunistic” alliance despite not getting the mandate of people.

“I will lose nothing if I lose power, my life is for the people,” said Yeddyurappa before announcing his resignation as CM two days after he was invited by the Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala to form a government in the state.

The BJP leader admitted he had asked newly-elected MLAs to vote according to their conscience but the Congress-JD(S) alliance did not even trust its own MLAs and took them away. He was referring to the Congress-JD(S) shifting their MLAs to Hyderabad ahead of the trust vote to protect them from alleged horse trading.

“Is this a democracy? The allegations (of horse trading) were made to mislead the people of Karnataka.” 

Yeddyurappa’s resignation paves the way for the Congress-JD(S) alliance to form the government in Karnataka, with the two parties making up for 115 MLAs in the assembly.

The BJP won the most seats in May 12 Karnataka assembly election but fell short of the majority. The Congress bagged 78 seats, the JD(S) 37 and others won in three constituencies.

Yeddyurappa said that the BJP had won the mandate of the people and he was “blessed” to get Karnataka’s support, but he would sit “on the other side” for the next five years if needed.

“This is my agni pariksha... If only people would have given us 113 seats instead of 104, we would have made this state a paradise,” the BJP leader said.

He thanked Prime Minister Narednra Modi and party president Amit Shah for choosing him as the CM candidate before the election, and promised Modi that he “will win all the 28 seats in Lok Sabha elections next year”.

“Siddaramaiah has not responded to the people’s aspirations. It doesn’t matter how many seats I’ve won, look at the anger of the people who have voted the Congress out,” Yeddyurappa said.

“I will work for the people of Karnataka till my last breadth,” the former Karnataka chief minister said, adding that he will “ensure farmers have a life of dignity.” 

Nearly a week-long drama ensued after the May 15 Karnataka assembly election results as both the Congress-JD(S) and BJP staked claim to form the government. The Supreme Court directed Yeddyurappa on Friday to take a floor test after Congress filed a petition against the governor’s decision to invite BJP to form the government and give the party 15 days to prove majority.

First Published: May 19, 2018 16:48 IST