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About B S Yediyurappa

BS Yeddyurappa is a senior BJP leader and a former Chief Minister of Karnataka. He represents the Shinkaripura constituency in the Karnataka legislative assembly.

Yeddyurappa started his political career as a member of RSS. He later joined the Jan Sangh and then the BJP.

Yeddyurappa became the Chief Minister of Karnataka after the 2008 legislative assembly election and is the first person from BJP to become Chief Minister of a South Indian state.

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As Chief Minister of Karnataka

B S Yediyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on May 30, 2008 after the state BJP won 110 seats out of 224.

He led the first BJP government in the south.

In March 2009, Yeddyurappa lashed out over Home Minister P Chidambaram's statement that held him responsible for cancellation of the law and order review meeting and said the centre is neglecting Karnataka.

In March 2010, Yeddyurappa appealed the citizens not to be swayed away by rumors following the violent protests and clashes that broke out in Shimoga and Hassan towns over the publication of an article written by controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

In May 2010, he assured the State Police would initiate appropriate action against Sri Ram Sene chief patron Pramod Muthalik, who was caught by rent-a-riot sting operation.

He ordered a CID probe into the rape charges lodged by a woman against former State Food and Civil Supplies Minister H Halappa. He felt that some vested interests have hatched a conspiracy to malign government and his cabinet colleague Halappa. Few days later, Halappa appeared for questioning before the Superintendent of Police of Shimoga on. The bail plea by Halappa who was arrested on charges of rape came up for hearing in the High Court.

Land Scam

Following allegations that he favored his sons in the allotment of prime land in Bangalore, Yeddyurappa has publicly declared his assets on February 5, 2011. The Karnataka Lokayukta which investigated the illegal mining case has submitted its report and indicted Yeddyurappa for illegally profiteering from land deals in Bangalore and Shimoga. He is also alleged to have connections in iron ore export scam.

In November 2010, former Chief Minister of Karnataka H D Kumaraswamy and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy demanded the resignation of Yedyurappa charging him of misusing his position to de-notify state-owned land to favour his sons. Yeddyurappa, on November 20 met with the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to explain his stand on the land scam. Speaking to the reporters at Hubli, Yedyurappa ruled out resignation over the land scam issue, asserting that he has done nothing wrong.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has authorized party president Nitin Gadkari to take a decision on the Leadership change issue in Karnataka. Yediyurappa who was asked to meet the party senior leaders in Delhi on November 20, ignored the summons. He instead went to Puttaparthi to seek the blessings of Sri Satya Sai Baba. Senior BJP Leader Venkaiah Naidu said that Yedyurappa will abide by the Party's decision.

In a statement released by the BJP President Nitin Gadkari, it was announced that Yeddyurappa will continue as Chief Minister of Karnataka.

The BJP central leadership has put pressure on him to resign. Yeddyurappa finally resigned on July 31, 2011.

Arrest

Yeddyurappa was arrested on October 15, 2011 and spent 23 days in jail. He was granted bail on November 8, 2011. In March 2012, the Karnataka High Court has quashed the FIR registered against him. In May 2012, the Supreme Court ordered an official CBI inquiry to be completed within three months. The apex court also granted an anticipatory bail on July 25, 2012.


Aspirations to become Chief Minister again

Sending a clear message that he is ready to float his own party to the BJP, Yeddyurappa said that all he needs to become the Chief Minister is the blessings of the people and not of BJP leaders. Speaking at a function in Bangalore on 16 September 2012, Yeddyurappa said, "I will tour 100 assembly constituencies in the next one month. To become the CM again, I need the blessings of the people, not of BJP leaders. Karnataka doesn't need a BJP, Congress or JD(S) government. It needs a pro-poor and farmers' government," It is learnt that Yeddyurappa told his aides that he will float his own party in October if he is not made the Chief Minister again.

Plans to form his own Party

In September 2012, Yeddyurappa told the media that he will take a decision on whether to float his own party by December. On 28 September 2012, he said that he fell off with the Bharatiya Janata Party and that it is now too late to repair relationship with BJP. He also refused to take any position offered by the BJP.

On 10 October 2012 Yeddyurappa announced he launch a new political party in December 2012. Speaking to reporters at Anekal, Yeddyurappa said, "My thinking is clear. I will not remain in the BJP by this December. All preparations are on. I am discussing with my colleagues, friends in several districts and in the month of December, 99 per cent I'm going to float a new party."

Yeddyurappa has confirmed on 13 October 2012 that there is no change in his stance of quitting the Bharatiya Janata Party, despite rumors that some BJP leaders in Karnataka are confident that the former CM will remain with the party. Reacting to the rumors, Yeddyurappa said, "Let them wait with patience till December. There is no question of me staying in this party. There is no change in my decision on quitting the party." He said that he will resign from the MLA post in December.

Resignation from BJP and Assembly Membership

Former Karnataka Minister BS Yeddyurappa has resigned from the BJP party and from the Assembly on 30 November 2012. Yeddyurappa has severed his ties with the BJP party after 40 years of association with it. He sent his resignation letter to party president Nitin Gadkari. The entire BJP unit in Yeddyurappa's constituency quit earlier in the day.

Speaking to the media, Yeddyurappa became emotional while recalling his long association with the BJP party. "The party has given everything to me. And I have sacrificed my life to build my previous party", he said. On the reasons for his resignation, Yeddyurappa said that the BJP leadership don't want him to continue in the party, and that is why he is resigning from the primary membership and also the Assembly membership.

He launched the Karnataka Janata Party on November 30, 2012.

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