Yeddyurappa to resign, but after July 31

July 29th, 2011 - 12:29 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Bangalore/New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) A defiant Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Thursday relented to resign but sought time till July 31 even as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) convened a meeting of its legislators Friday to elect a new leader.

He deliberately chose July 31 as “according to the Hindu calendar, this Ashadha month from July 2-30 is considered inauspicious to take any important decisions”, an official at the chief minister’s office told IANS late Thursday.

“The chief minister has conveyed to the BJP leadership that he would resign July 31, as directed by the party’s parliamentary board in New Delhi earlier in the day,” he said.

The BJP’s first chief minister in south India was Wednesday indicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, by state Lokayukta (ombudsman) Justice N. Santosh Hegde for his direct involvement in the multi-crore mining scam in the state as he was also in-charge of the mines department.

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