Yeddyurappa resigns from Karnataka Assembly, asks supporters not to quit BJP
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who has resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party's primary membership, submitted his resignation to Speaker K.G. Bopaiah here on Friday.
Yeddyurappa, who turned emotional as he quit the BJP, said that he was resigning for people of Karnataka and not in search for any post.
The former Karnataka Chief Minister, however, asked his supporters not to quit the BJP.
"I request my supporters not to quit the Jagadish Shettar Government," he said.
Yeddyurappa earlier in the day said that the BJP does not want him to continue in the party.
"They (BJP) don't want me to continue in the party and therefore I have decided to resign. I am not asking anyone to resign, I am requesting supporting MLAs to not resign from the MLA posts. If they do, let party take disciplinary action," he said.
Yeddyurappa asserted that he was firm on his resolve to launch his new regional party 'Karnataka Janata Party' (KJP), which would formally come into existence on December 9.
Yeddyurappa, who led the BJP to victory in Karnataka in 2008, was compelled to quit as the chief minister in July 2011 after the Lokayukta indicted him into illegal mining scam and also for his alleged role in the irregularities of allotment of land.