After over three days of tensions, Karnataka chief minister Yeddyurappa sent his letter of resignation to Bharatiya Janata Party President Gadkari. In his letter Yeddyurappa addressed his resignation but maintained his full support to the Bharatiya Janata Party. This comes as he was indicted on a mining issue in Lokayukta. President Gadkari accepted Yeddyurappa’s letter of resignation.
Yeddyurappa, who is now sixty eight years old, was in a stand off with the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders over the recent mining issues and initially would not step down and resign. In his faxed letter of resignation, Yeddyurappa cited astrological reasons for delaying his resignation for several days. Though embattled, Yeddyurappa is expected to request a position under governor HR Bhardwaj.
Despite Yeddyurappa’s fallout with the Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP, he still supports the party’s platform and the party stated that in replacing Yeddyurappa they will seek an individual that shares a similar view on issues and his stance on the state and issues will be considered.
A replacement is expected to be announced later today, with Sadananda Gowda (responsible in implementing the first BJP government south of Vindyas) and Suresh Kumar being heavily considered. Some even predict that a member loyal to Yeddyurappa might be considered, after all his views are supposed to be taken into consideration in the appointment process.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is India’s second largest political party. Since it was formed in 1980, it has held high influence in India’s political scene while advocating free market economics, social conservatism, self reliance and nationalism, and a strong national defense. In India it is a “right of center” political party and held power (in an alliance with other smaller parties) from 1998 up until 2004. Integral Humanism is a large factor in the party’s platform. Gadkari has ruled the Bharatiya Janata Party since 2009.