Yeddyurappa resigns ahead of floor test
19 May 2018
Having failed to wean away MLAs from the Congress and the JD(S), Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa resigned as the chief minister of Karnataka.
Yeddyurappa was hurriedly sworn in as the chief minister by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala on Friday morning, and given 15 days to prove a majority in the floor of the house.
The Congress with 78 legislators and the JD (S) with 37, who had formed a post-poll alliance, moved the Supreme Court in a bid to stall the BJP from forming the government.
The Congress - JD(S) alliance, with 115 MLAs, claimed that as it had the requisite majority in the 124-member house, it should have been called to form the government, since the BJP had only 104 legislators.
Though a three-judge bench led by Justice A K Sikri, refused to go into the legality of the governor's decision, it ordered the BJP to conduct the floor test by 4:00 pm on Saturday.
Having failed in its bid to lure in members from the Congress or JD(S), the BJP asked Yeddyurappa to resig ahead of the floor test to avoid the humiliation of being defeated on the floor of the house.