Gowda says he quit at BSY's instance

I put in my papers to avoid embarrassment to the party and the Chief Minister

Speaking with presspersons here on Sunday, Gowda said he tendered his resignation “only to avoid embarrassment” to the party and the Chief Minister. “It seems the CM has the opinion that if I resign it will be good for the party and the government. So I followed his order,” he said.

He said he met Yeddyurappa on Saturday morning to greet him on Ganesha Chaturthi. He told the Chief Minister that he wanted to brief him on matters pertaining to the recruitment. However, Yeddyurappa told him that the discussion could take place after his trip to China. But late in the evening, while Gowda was on his way to Tirupati, he received a call from Chief Minister asking him to put in his papers. Gowda returned to Bangalore immediately and sent the resignation around 12.25 am to the Chief Minister’s official residence, through his private secretary.

Gowda said he has no role in the recruitment scam. His name had been dragged into the controversy for political reasons, argued and attributed his resignation to ”certain developments.” He would make the reasons public in the coming days.

He said, “The matter is before the court. I will wait for the court’s verdict.”
Gowda met Governor H R Bhardwaj on Sunday morning, in what he described as a “courtesy visit.” He thanked the Governor for his cooperation and guidance during his tenure as the minister. Later he met a few party colleagues and leaders of Sangh combine.

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