"I am writing this letter amidst a lot of pain. I am saddened by the fact that I am resigning from a party of which I was part of for the past 40 years and the party which I built in the state of Karnataka with my very own hands.
"My resignation is not due to any other reason but due to my own party members. Many in the party thought that putting me down was the only way to secure their future in the BJP. They thought by sidelining me, they would grow in the party. Hence I have decided to resign from the party.