Yeddyurappa sheds farewell tears

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 12:40 hrs

Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa was in tears on Friday morning ahead of his resignation from the BJP.

The 70-year-old leader, who has been associated with the BJP for 40 years is now at Freedom Park in Bangalore. He will walk to the Assembly from here and hand in his resignation as an MLA too.

At least 1,500 people including four party MLAs and one MP have reportedly gathered at the Freedom Park.

Yeddyurappa has announced that he would launch his own political party, Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) on December 9.

The leader has said he would not destabilise the Karnataka government. "We are not going to destabilise the Karnataka government. I made him (Jagadish Shettar) the chief minister. I don´t want the public to blame me," he told NDTV earlier this week.

On July 31 last year, Yeddyurappa was forced to resign as chief minister of Karnataka after he was indicted by the then Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hedge in the illegal mining report.

He and his family members were named by Hegde in what was called a Rs 16,000 crore illegal mining scam.

Yeddyurappa walked out of jail on November 8 on bail.

The 70-year-old leader is credited to bringing the BJP to power in Karnataka.

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