Recently, Karnataka CM B.S. Yeddyurappa has submitted his resignation to the Governor K.R. Naidu. The CM has been in political receiving thrash ever since he was nominated as the Chief Minister of Karnataka by the Karnataka state government. He was sworn in on October 8th, 2021. This is after the retirement of Kalamata Devi, the first female governor of Karnataka.
Recently, there have been speculations in the media that CM Yeddyurappa might be pressured to resign due to mounting losses in the administration. Some say that it is for personal reasons. However, there is something beyond that. The appointment of the new CM is accompanied with a notification of resignation by Yeddyurappa. The Governor has the power to either accept or reject the resignation.
There is a possibility that the new CM will ask former Cabinet members to form a commission that will investigate the failures of the current administration. His real purpose could be to implicate current Chief Minister S. Barnala in graft cases. But, this is yet to be verified.
The Governor has the option of accepting or rejecting the resignation of the CM. In doing so, he has to consider the advice of the House of Assembly, which is controlled by his party. The speaker can also try and move a resolution in the lower house to dismiss the CM. If this happens, it is possible for the CM to retain his job because only a third of the legislature has to sign the resolution.
Many Karnataka cabinet ministers are expected to resign in the near future including the revenue minister, who is expected to go over to the ally of the ruling party. S.R. Rajakromy, who is heading the panel that Assam governor R.R. Kumaraswamy is taking over, is expected to resign. He may not want to take over from Kumaraswamy, who is the real power in Karnataka.
The CM has to make some difficult decisions regarding his future and the immediate future of the state. He cannot afford to lose the support of the state assembly, which has already been instrumental in maintaining the stability of the economy. He cannot afford to antagonize the political rivals in the state, who are also running different coalitions in the state, especially in Bengal, where there is intense competition for forming a government. B.S.Yediyurappa has to resign now or he may lose the opportunity of consolidating his hold on the state.