Countdown for Yeddyurappa; to officially resign at 3:30pm

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Bangalore, Jul 31: With the countdown underway for Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa to cede his post, he has already sent in his resignation letter to BJP Party President Nitin Gadkari at 7:30am on Sunday. He is expected to send in his formal resignation to Karnataka Governor HR Bharadwaj at 3:30pm.

He is believed to have faxed the resignation letter to Gadkari and stated that he would abide by the party High Command's decision and did not step down earlier due to astrological reasons.

Meanwhile, the talks on Yeddyurappa's successor remains inconclusive with the BJP keen on putting either Jagadish Shettar or Ananth Kumar in the top post of CM. Yeddyurappa on the other hand wants to place Sadananda Gowda as his successor.

With no clear name emerging out of the hectic discussions between Yeddyurappa loyalists and the BJP top brass who have gathered in the state, who Yeddyurappa's successor will be is not yet out in the open. With the dissidence between BSY and the BJP evident, the state has been embroiled in a political turmoil of sorts since the past few weeks.

With the BJP giving Yeddyurappa the freedom to choose his successor, he has also set forth conditions to step down. Foremost in the conditions is that he be made the State BJP President. There are rumours doing the rounds that the BJP is not too keen on making him party chief in the state.

With news of Yeddyurappa planning to launch a new party, the Karnataka Janata Party, this piece of news could spell trouble for the BJP. With the Lingayat community clearly rallying behind Yeddyurappa, the possibility of a split in the BJP's support base could harm the party's prospects in the elections.

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