Bengaluru: Karnataka’s newly –sworn in chief minister from Bharatiya Janata Party, BS Yeddyurappa resigned from his post just before the floor test in the Karnataka assembly on Saturday. The BJP had won 104 seats and fell eight short of the majority figure of 111 seats, but still, it had gone on to form the government after governor Vajubhai Vala invited them to do so on the condition of it proving its majority in the house within 15 days.
The high voltage Karnataka polls saw several twists and turns ever since the final numbers were announced on Wednesday. The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) had decided to join forces in order to form a coalition government,but the governor invited BJP to form the government and later reports emerged that the opposition MLAs were offered huge sums of money and lure of cabinet rank to defect from their party and have the BJP prove its majority. In an emotionally charged speech at the Karnataka assembly, BSY said, “I have never done opportunistic politics. The farmer is still poor and there is still no water in the fields. After so many years of independence, we have not been able to address the problems of the farmer. We must honour the dignity of farmers. I have worked my entire life for the betterment of farmers. My only aim to form the government was to serve the farmers and the Dalits who are suffering.”
Several Congress leaders took to social media to claim the victory of ‘democracy’ in the country, where former union finance minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram tweeted, “Poor Mr Yeddyurappa. When the puppeteers fail, the puppet falls and breaks.”