Bengaluru: The 3-day old BS Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka came to an end on 19 May, with the chief minister announcing his decision to resign without facing a trust vote.
The Supreme Court had yesterday ordered a floor test in the Karnataka Assembly at 4 PM today, drastically slashing the 15-day window given by Governor Vajubhai Vala to BJP Chief Minister Yeddyurappa to prove his majority.
“I am going to resign as chief minister… I will go to Raj Bhavan and submit my resignation. I will not face the confidence vote. I am going to resign,” he told the Assembly after a brief, emotional speech.
Yeddyurappa said he would now “go to the people”. His resignation will pave the way for the formation of a government led by JD(S) State chief HD Kumaraswamy, who has the backing of the INC. The newly formed alliance has claimed support of 117 MLAs in the 224-member House with an effective strength of 221.
Polling for two seats was not held due to various reasons, while Kumaraswamy won from two places.
Before the floor test, former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa had called up BJP president Amit Shah amid speculations of his resignation before the floor test in the Karnataka Assembly at 4 PM.
INC MLAs Anand Singh and Pratap Gouda Patil, who had been incommunicado for a while — missing the oath-taking ceremony in the Assembly — are now back in the party camp.
The stage was set for the floor test in Karnataka Assembly to test the strength of the two-day-old BS Yeddyurappa government amid allegations of poaching and horse-trading.
The floor test would have been overseen by pro-tem speaker KG Bopaiah after the Supreme Court dismissed an INC petition against his appointment and ordered a live telecast of the proceedings. Sources said the floor test was to be conducted via a show of hands. The Assembly session began Saturday morning with Bopaiah administering the oath to all newly elected MLAs.
A four-time MLA, Bopaiah was the Karnataka Assembly speaker from 2009 to 2013 and had disqualified 16 MLAs and bailed out the then BS Yeddyurappa government ahead of a no-confidence vote in 2010.
BS Yeddyurappa vows to win 150 seats for Modi
“If only people would have given us 113 seats instead of 104, we would have made this State a paradise. But I will fight for the State until my last breath. We will get 28 out of 28 seats in Lok Sabha and I will win 150 Assembly seats for Narendra Modi,” Yeddyurappa said in his resignation speech. “People have blessed us with 104 seats. I have everything in life: houses, land, money. But I have faced many a test in my life,” Yeddyurappa said. “My entire life has been a test, today is one more test,” he added.
“People have blessed us with 104 seats. The mandate wasn’t for Congress or JD(S) yet they formed an alliance to form the government. I condemn the backdoor politics done by Congress and JD(S),” Yeddyurappa said.
“My only aim to form the government in Karnataka was to help the poor and farmers and waive off their loans. All that Congress has done is try to divide the society on the basis of caste and religion. I wanted to serve the people of Karnataka,” Yeddyurappa told the House ahead of the floor test.
“During the election campaign, I have travelled throughout the State for the last two years and have seen the pain on the faces of people. I can’t forget the love and affection I received from people. I am very grateful to the people of Karnataka for the support we received everywhere,” said BS Yeddyurappa.