Make Gowda the next CM or 70 MLAs will quit: BSY to BJP

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BS Yeddyurappa
Bangalore, Jul 31: BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday, Jul 31 stepped down as the Karnataka Chief Minister but he refused to be removed from the power as the underdog. He (Yeddyurappa) left a stern warning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the confusion over his successor.

Yeddyurappa pressurised the party to elect 58-year-old Sadanand Gowda as the next Karnataka CM as he (Yeddyurappa) named Gowda as his final choice. The former Karnataka CM also threatened the BJP that 70 MLAs, who were supporting him (Yeddyurappa), can resign if Gowda will not be elected as the new CM.

Staging a high-politicised drama (foot-march to the Raj Bhavan along with 70 MLAs), Yeddyurappa on Sunday submitted his resignation letter to the governor HR Bhardwaj.

After his resignation, Yeddyurappa and Gowda met senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley who reached Bangalore on Friday. The leaders have been appointed by the party to elect the new CM of Karnataka which has been witnessing political turmoil ever since Lokayukta Santosh Hegde unearthed his report on illegal mining.

In his report, Hegde claimed that Yeddyurappa along with his other family members bagged a whopping bribe of Rs 200 crore from a mining company. The report also indicted many other mining companies and bureaucrats along with the mining barons - the Reddy brothers.

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