The three-day-old B.S. Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka collapsed on Saturday, with the chief minister announcing his decision to resign without facing a trust vote, reports said.
The Supreme Court had on Friday ordered a floor test in the Karnataka Assembly at 4pm Saturday, drastically reducing the 15-day window given by Governor Vajubhai Vala to Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Minister Yeddyurappa to prove his majority.
”I am going to resign as chief minister….I will go to Raj Bhavan and submit my resignation,” he said.
”I will not face confidence vote….I am going to resign,” he told the Assembly after a brief emotional speech.
Yeddyurappa said he would now “go to the people”.
His resignation will pave the way for the formation of a government led by Janata Dal(Secular) state chief H.D. Kumaraswamy, who has the backing of the Congress. The newly formed alliance has cited the support of 117 legislative assembly members in the 224-member House with an effective strength of 221.
Polling for two seats was not held due to various reasons, while Kumaraswamy won from two places.