Ending the month-long suspense over his political future, Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yediyurappa on Monday announced his resignation from his position. He handed in his resignation to Karnataka Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot, who asked him to serve as caretaker Chief Minister until the next CM took the oath of office.
"I have decided to resign. I will meet the Governor after lunch," Yediyurappa said on Monday at a programme to mark the celebration of two years of his government. Yediyurappa said he was not resigning out of grief and that Modi, Amit Shah, and Nadda had given him the post of CM with a two-year agreement.
"It has been an honour to have served the state for the past two years. I have decided to resign as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. I am humbled and sincerely thank the people of the state for giving me the opportunity to serve them. I am grateful to PM Narendra Modi Ji, JP Nadda Ji & Amit Shah Ji for their support," he tweeted separately.
Fondly called "Raja Huli" (King Tiger) by his followers, the 78-year-old Lingayat strongman was considered the face of the BJP in the state in the past two decades. Earlier on Sunday, he had dropped hints that he could resign when the politician said that he "will continue to work for the BJP for the next 10-15 years".