Yeddyurappa will resign as CM on Sunday

BANGALORE: Finally after the party asked Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to step down in the wake of the Lokayukta indictment in illegal mining scam, he has said he will step down from the post on Sunday as per the directions of his party.

Yeddyurappa said he has decided to tender his resignation from the post of chief minister as per the direction of the party.

He said he had toiled for 40 years to build the party in Karnataka from scratch and it was his “committed desire” to work for its development in future also.

“The month of ‘Ashada’ (considered inauspicious) will be over on July 30. I will be tendering my resignation as chief minister on the forenoon of July 31,” he said in a statement late last night.

According to sources close to the chief minister, 68-year-old Yeddyurappa, heading BJP’s first government in the South since May 2008, agreed to fall in line with the BJP central parliamentary board’s diktat.

The Board of the party had also decided to send senior leaders Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley as observers to Bangalore to oversee the election of the new leader of the BJP legislature party.

Other than Yeddyurappa, the Reddy brothers also have been strongly indicted in his findings on illegal mining by the Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, which have plunged the state into a political turmoil.

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