After months of speculations and rumours about the political leadership changes, BS Yediyurappa has stepped down as Karnataka CM and claimed that he was under no political pressure to take the decision. His decision came on the same day where the BJP government was commemorating the completion of 2 years of BJP in Karnataka.


Ending the cycle of consistent rumours and speculations of ‘will he-won’t he’, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa finally stepped down from his position. In his tearful speech he said how he has already handed his resignation to the Karnataka governor Thawar Chand Gehlot and also claimed that BJP leaders will decide the future of the seat he has left vacant.

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“Was Agnipariksha for me”: CM Yediyurappa Gets Emotional

In a program held for the commemoration of the 2 years of BJP, Yediyurappa gave his announcement and shared briefly about the challenges he faced in the last two years owing to the pandemic. The emotional Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was quoted saying-

“It has always been an ‘agnipariksha’ (trial by fire) for me in these last two years since there was a pandemic.”

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Was asked to be Centre Minister by PM Vajpayee

Giving a glimpse about his political career, Yediyurappa also said how he was offered the position of a minister at the Centre during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime.

“However, I said I will be in Karnataka and serve the people of the state,”

-he said. With a glint of tears in his eyes, he further shared

“At a time when there were no cars, I remember cycling to work for the BJP party in Shikaripura, Shimoga. We, along with a few BJP workers, built the party and took it to where it is today.”

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“No Question of Leaving State”: On Being Asked on Future Prospects

The 78-year-old political veteran also told that he wasn’t forced to offer his resignation from the high command and also assured sitting ministers who have changed parties from Congress to BJP that they will not be adversely impacted by the change of guards.

When asked if he will be interested in serving as a governor of any other state following his stint as the Karnataka Chief Minister, he was reportedly quoted saying-

“There is no question about me leaving the state. I will continue to work for the welfare of the people in Karnataka. I will work to bring BJP back in power in the next elections.”

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BS Yediyurappa – Gateway for BJP in South India

B.S. Yediyurappa served as Karnataka Chief Minister for 2-years after he took oath in 2019. The 78-year-old Lingayat strongman had also previously served as the state’s CM for almost a week in 2007 and then for 3 whole years from 2008 to 2011. He had to quit from the seat as he was facing charges against corruption.

Back in 2018, he was appointed as Karnataka CM for a period of only 2 days before the government was overpowered by the Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress coalition. Within the course of a year, he reinstated the position of BJP in the state after as many as 17 MLAs from the coalition mentioned above resigned and rejoined him and BJP.

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On the morning of his resignation, he took to Twitter and wrote, “Deeply influenced by Jagajyoti Basavanna’s philosophy of Kayaka, Dasoha Tattva & the life of Lingaikya Shri Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga Mutt, I have dedicated my entire 50 years of public life towards nation building and fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Karnataka.”

In further series of tweets, Yediyurappa elaborated on the party’s philosophy and his vision for his party and his state.