Bengaluru, May 19, 2018: Newly-appointed Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has resigned from the post which was given to him just two days ago. BS Yeddyurappa attacked the Congress-JDS alliance in his speech ahead of the crucial floor test and ended it by resigning from the CM’ post.
After making the announcement BS Yeddyurappa even went on to meet and shake hands with Deve Gowda and senior Congress leaders. JDS-Congress leaders immediately started flashing the victory sign and celebrating inside the house.
During his speech Yeddyurappa was briefly interrupted by former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah who asked the former to move the trust motion while BS Yeddyurappa went on with his attacks. He said, "I don’t do party politics. I do people’s politics." Yeddyurappa also said, "My only aim to form the government was to serve the farmers and Dalits who were suffering." The CM had earlier spoken to BJP president Amit Shah over phone amid speculation of his resignation before the floor test.
Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Pratap Gouda Patil, who had been incommunicado for a while and missed the oath-taking ceremony in the Assembly, are now back in the Assembly. The stage is 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 will be overseen by pro tem speaker KG Bopaiah after the Supreme Court dismissed a Congress petition against his appointment and ordered live telecast of the proceedings. Sources said the floor test will be conducted via a show of hands. The Assembly session began on Saturday morning with Bopaiah administering the oath to all newly elected MLAs.