Bangalore, Nov 30: 70-year-old rebel BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa finally put an end to his 40-year-old relationship with the party on Friday, Nov 30. The veteran leader became emotional while recalling the heyday when he had succeeded to form BJP government in Karnataka.
The former Chief Minister of the state sent his resignation letter to BJP President Nitin Gadkari whom Yeddyurappa had accused of ditching him after not reappointing him to the CM position.
"The party has given everything to me. And I have sacrificed my life to build my previous party (BJP). I am leaving because of our own (BJP) people. They don't want me to continue in the party; that's why I am resigning from the primary membership as also MLAship," said Yeddyurappa.
All BJP leaders from his assembly constituency Shikaripura in Shimoga district stepped down to join his new party. Yeddyurappa is scheduled to launch his new party - Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) in Haveri on Dec 9.
"They mistook my goodness as a weakness," said Yeddyurappa while recalling the situation when he was asked to step down as CM by the party high-command in 2011 as the "disciplined soldier" of the party.
Yeddyurappa also urged MLAs and Ministers of the Karnataka Cabinet not to resign as he wants the Jagadish Shettar's government to complete its full term and he does not want to rock the boat.