Karnataka chief minister, BS Yediyurappa submitted his resignation to governor Thawarchand Gehlot on Monday after tweeting that it was an honour for him to have served the state for two years.
In a tweet in Kannada, he said that he submitted his resignation to the governor, and the latter has asked him to continue as interim chief minister until his successor is announced.
“I have decided to resign as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. I am humbled and sincerely thank the people of the state for giving me the opportunity to serve them. I am grateful to PM Narendra Modi and BJP national president J.P. Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for their support,” he tweeted.
Soon after his speech at a function celebrating his two-year anniversary where he announced his decision, Yediyurappa, along with his cabinet colleagues, went to Raj Bhavan and submitted his resignation.
To elect the new chief minister of Karnataka, the BJP will appoint central observers by Monday evening. It is learnt that BJP chief JP Nadda, Union home minister Amit Shah and Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh met in parliament house after Yediyurappa’s resignation and discussed the situation in Karnataka.
“Central observer will be appointed by the evening. Till BJP MLAs elect the new leader of Legislative Party, Yediyurappa will work as acting chief minister of Karnataka,” sources said.
A party insider said that the meeting between Nadda, Shah and Singh went for an hour, and a detailed discussion was held to find out the new chief minister of Karnataka.
Sources said that some names have been shortlisted by the central leadership considering the caste equation in the state. “Caste plays an important factor in Karnataka politics, and selection of new chief minister will be considering social equations of the state,” sources said.