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Yeddyurappa resigns as Karnataka CM before trust vote, BJP fails to prove majority

WION Web Team
Bengaluru, Karnataka, IndiaUpdated: May 20, 2018, 07:05 AM IST

BS Yediyurappa. Photograph:(ANI)

Two days after taking the oath Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has resigned from his post on Saturday, ahead of the floor test in the Assembly. 

The BJP Chief Minister, who was sworn in on Thursday could not gather the support of MLAs to prove majority in the state assembly during the floor test.

He made an emotional speech before he announced his resignation. He said that the people of Karnataka will now be "ruled by an unholy alliance".

The BJP was eight short of the majority mark in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly. 

Following 72 hours of high drama, which involved a midnight session at the Supreme Court, leaked audio tapes, and hidden lawmakers, the BJP failed to secure seven MLAs that it needed to pass the floor test in the House.

BJP had won the first round of the legal battle after the results were out on May 15 but failed to gather the support of MLAs to prove majority in the Karnataka state Assembly. 

Since the numbers are not in favour of the BJP, Yeddyurappa stepped down from his post today, saying that he is thankful for the love and support people gave him. 

"The election results are now out. Today is the floor test. Think for once, if we had 113, the picture would have been different," BS Yeddyurappa said. 

The results of the Karnataka Assembly Elections threw up a fractured mandate on the counting day and led to political instability in the state. 

On May 15, the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, followed by the Congress with 78, JD(S) with 37. Three seats were bagged by independent candidates in the 224-member Assembly where elections were held for 222 seats.