Bangalore, Nov 30 : Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today expressed anguish over quitting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with which he had been associated for over four decades and helped it to gain power, for the first time, in south.
Mr Yeddyurappa who is quitting both the BJP and the membership from the State Assembly in which he represented Shikaripur, told newsmen here ahead of addressing a rally and marching towards Vidhana Soudha to tender his resignation 'I had no other go but to quit as he was being tortured by the party leaders for nearly a year'. 'I am sad that I have to quit BJP which I nutured in the state for nearly 40 years and brought it to power in Karnatka,' he said before leaving for Freedom Park to address his supporters before quitting the party,' Mr Yeddyurappa proceeded to Freedom Park where he will soon speak to his supporters in a public rally.
Then he would march with them to the neareby Vidhana Soudha and submit his resignation as MLA to Speaker K G Bopaiah later in the afternoon and then leave for Vaishodevi in the evening. Sources close to Mr Yeddyurappa said he would be forwarding his resignation to the BJP by fax to both party president Nitin Gadkari and state unit chief K S Eshwarappa. Earlier, top loyalists including ministers Basavaraj Bommai, Shobha Karandlaje and V Sommanna met the leader in his residence at Dollar's colony and then he proceeded to the Freedom park.