Karnataka assembly: BS Yeddyurappa‘s party, the BJP, with 104 seats, was eight short of the majority-mark -111.
New Delhi/Bengaluru:MNN: The BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa today quit as Chief Minister just before a trust vote in Karnataka assembly.
B S Yeddyurappa was supposed to take the floor test to show that he has majority in the Karnataka assembly.
BS Yeddyurappa walked off after a speech in which he said he had failed to secure the numbers in the Karnataka assembly.
The May 12 Assembly poll had given a fractured mandate in which BJP got 104 seats, Congress 78 and the JD(S) 37 in the 224 member House
Bengaluru: BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa reaches Raj Bhavan after resigning as Chief Minister of Karnataka. pic.twitter.com/CkmQokODy3
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BS Yeddyurappa reaches Raj Bhavan after resigning on the floor of the Karnataka assembly
Before resigning, BS Yeddyurappa addressed the assembly wherein he said it was the BJP who had the numbers. “People have blessed us with 104 seats.
The mandate wasn’t for Congress or JD(S).
I have traveled throughout the state for the last two years and have seen the pain on the faces of people.
He said can’t forget the love and affection I received from people,” said the 75-year-old.
Till an hour before the Supreme Court-ordered floor test, there was commotion over two Congress MLA who were missing from the assembly in the morning.
The Congress alleged that both Congress MLA had been “held captive” by a BJP desperate for numbers.
Also released a series of audio tapes that claimes attempts were being made to bribe MLA.
Sources told Metrocityexpress that the decision had been taken by the BJP leadership that did not want any taint of horse-trading on the party in an election year.
“I come from a background of struggle. I will lose nothing if I lose power… I am going straight to Governor’s house to give my resignation,” Mr BS Yeddyurappa told assembly.
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Turing to the Congress-JDS combine chief ministerial candidate HD Kumaraswamy, MR Yeddyurappa said, “Dear Kumaraswamy, I am a fighter and I will fight till my last breath”
Former Chief Minister Siddaramaih was quick to react. “Democracy has won in Karnataka.
The conspiracy made by the BJP has failed to authorize the anti-constitutional measures,” he tweeted.
BS Yeddyurappa’s party, the BJP, with 104 seats, was eight short of the majority-mark – 111.
The opposition Congress and Janata Dal has accused the BJP of trying to bribe and threaten their MLA.
The two Congress MLA who had been ‘missing’ for days,Pratap Gowda Patil and Anand Singh, reached the Karnataka assembly just before the trust vote and took oath as the members.
The Congress and JDS MLA were constantly on the move as their parties tried to sequester them from attempts to bribe or induce them into switching over to the BJP.
They were brought in this morning from Hyderabad in buses after an overnight journey.
Mr BS Yeddyurappa on Friday said the BJP is confident of winning the floor test.
“We have got 100 per cent support and cooperation to prove the majority,” he told reporters on Friday.
On Wednesday night, Governor Vajubhai Vala decided to invite the BJP instead of the Congress-Janata Dal Secular which claimed 117 MLA.
The Congress challenged his decision in the Supreme Court the same night.
After an all-night hearing, the court didn’t stop Mr BS Yeddyurappa’s oath ceremony, but said it would continue hearing the case.
Resuming the hearing yesterday, the Supreme Court ordered Mr Yeddyurappa to take a strength test today.