Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa announced his resignation in his speech before the Supreme Court-ordered floor test in the Karnataka Assembly at 4 pm on Saturday.
It was evident before the floor test that the BJP did not have the magic numbers – 112 – required to form the government.
In his emotional speech, Yeddyurappa extensively talked about the farmers welfare and how he wanted to dedicate his life for development of Karnataka. He also attacked the Congress and JDS over their “unholy alliance”.
It is a big win for the Congress ahead of the 2019 general elections. The party has in a tweet said, “Democracy has finally won the battle against the unholy politics of intimidation, corruption and lies. Congratulations Karnataka!”
— Congress (@INCIndia) May 19, 2018
On Friday, the Supreme Court shortened Governor’s 15-day time to one day and asked Chief Minister Yeddyurappa to prove majority in the House at 4 pm today. However, earlier today the Supreme Court rejected the petition of Congress-JD(S) challenging appointment of pro tem speaker KG Bopaiah, but ordered that local channels be given live feed of trust vote proceedings in Karnataka in order to ensure transparency.
The Congress and the JD(S) have alleged that some of their MLAs were abducted and illegally confined, and that the BJP leaders were trying to buy their MLAs and released some audio tapes of the alleged calls made by the BJP leaders.
After announcing his resignation in the Assembly, Yeddyurappa went to the Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation to the Governor.
Speaking to the reporters, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said they are confident Governor Vajubhai Vala will invite the Congress-JD(S) alliance to form government.