Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa resigns, denies any pressure from BJP HQ
"I resigned voluntarily. I was not told to step down. I stepped down today because I wanted to wait till the government completes its two years," Yediyurappa said.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has submitted his resignation to the state Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot after a two-year term.
Speaking to media persons after submitting his resignation, Yediyurappa denied reports that he was pressurised by the party high command to resign.
"I resigned voluntarily. I was not told to step down. I stepped down today because I wanted to wait till the government completes its two years."
He also told media persons that from tomorrow onwards, he will dedicate himself to ensure that the BJP returns to power in the state in the next election.
Yediyurappa flatly refused media queries on who the next chief minister would be.
"I have not recommended anyone for the post of the chief minister," he said.
BJP top brass in a huddle
According to sources, state BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel has been summoned to New Delhi on Monday evening. He would be meeting central leaders, including Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh and BJP President JP Nadda.
The central leadership is currently in a huddle to discuss choosing the next chief minister.
Sources said that the name of the new chief minister is likely to be announced by Thursday.
Sources also said that the high command is sticking to the Goa model for the selection of the chief minister wherein the party wants to settle for a young face that is also aligned with the central leadership and RSS.