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Yeddyurappa set to sever ties with BJP

Posted on Nov 30, 11:30AM | IBNS

Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa is set to resign from the BJP and his Assembly membership on Friday.

He has announced the launch his own political party, Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) on December 9.

"I am going to go in a march along with my supporters to Vidhana Soudha tomorrow at 12 noon and submit resignation to my assembly membership," Yeddyurappa told reporters on Thursday.

Yeddyurappa said he will not destabilise the Karnataka government. "We are not going to destabilise the Karnataka government. I made him (Jagadish Shettar) the chief minister. I don't want the public to blame me," he told NDTV earlier this week.

On July 31 last year, Yeddyurappa was forced to resign as chief minister of Karnataka after he was indicted by the then Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hedge in the illegal mining report.

He and his family members were named by Hegde in what was called a Rs 16,000 crore illegal mining scam.

Yeddyurappa walked out of jail on November 8 on bail.

The 70-year-old leader is credited to bringing the BJP to power in Karnataka. He has been with the party for 40 years.