Karnataka: Ahead of crucial floor test, BS Yeddyurappa resigns as Chief Minister

Just before the Floor Test in Karnataka Assembly, BS Yeddyurappa resigns. The BJP is eight seats short of the majority mark -112 while the Congress-JD-S coalition claims to have the support of 116 members.

Before resigning in an emotional speech he said,

The Prime Minister and Amit Shah had annointed me as the chief ministerial candidate for the BJP on Babasaheb Ambedkar’s anniversary. I thank them.I thank the people of Karnataka for the support that I got from them during the campaigning. I thank the people of Karnataka for making us the single largest party. I Condemn the backdoor politics of the Congress party. The people of Karnataka have rejected the Congress. The Congress-JD(S) alliance will be against the mandate.

He has also promised that he will win all seats in Karnataka in 2019 and gift it to PM Narendra Modi. In a dramatic hearing on Friday, the Supreme Court had ordered a floor test, to be held on Saturday in Karnataka Vidhana Soudha at 4pm, asking concerned parties to prove their majority in the floor of the House to stake claim to the Karnataka government.

During the hearing as the Congress and JD(S) agreed to the floor test, the BJP had argued for more time and had also asked for a secret ballot. However, the apex court declined both the requests made by the BJP.