Bengaluru: "I will not face the confidence vote, I am going to resign," these were the words B S Yeddyruppa said at the end of his 20-minute emotional speech that left the lawmakers in the Karnataka Assembly surprised who were awaiting the crucial trust vote at 4 pm today.
Barely 55 hours into office, Yeddyurappa who was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday decided to quit and step down from the post ahead of the floor test.
The BJP had bagged 104 of the 222 seats which went to polls on May 12. The party was short of eight seats from the magical number of 112. The Congress and JD(S) combine claimed the support of 117 MLAs.
The Supreme Court had ordered B S Yeddyurappa to take a floor test at 4 pm today, overruling the governor's 15-day time for proving the majority.
Here's what B S Yeddyurappa's told in his resignation speech:
- Dear Kumaraswamy, I am a fighter and I will continue my fight until my last breath
- I will resign as the Chief Minister of Karnataka and won't go against the spirit of the democracy
- Whether I have power or not, my life is for the people
- People have blessed us with 104 seats. However, it was not the same for Congress or JD(S)
- People's mandate did not go to the Congress and neither did it go for the JD(S). In-spite of this, both these parties acted like opportunists
- If only people would have given us 113 seats instead of 104, we would have made this state a paradise
- I dream to be Chief Minister at a time Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister
- I assure the people of the state, I will fight with all I have and win 28 of the 28 seats in the Lok Sabha elections
- Congress leaders did not have the confidence of their own leaders. They did not even let their families talk to them over the phone. I hope all of their family are in peace watching this
- I want to stand for the right things. I have been able to do this only with the love and support of people and of the farmers
- I want to serve the people of the state and save the farmers. For this, I will sacrifice my life. Until the farmers see a respectful day, I will fight
- There is nothing that I don't have. I am content but I have the pain of not being able to serve in the position to take this state to great heights.