Anemotional Karnataka Chief MinisterB S Yeddyurappa today said he is leaving office “happily” without being hurt and saw it as an opportunity to work “freely” to strengthen the party.
His voice choking, 68-year-oldYeddyurappa said as Chief Minister he felt like his hands and legs had been tied and he had to discharge his duties from Vidhan Soudha, the state secretariat, within “limitations”.
“From now onwards, I can happily and freely meet people… (those of) backward classes… scheduled castes…scheduled tribes…work for the welfare of women without any obstacles and anxiety”, he said, describing it as a “golden opportunity”.
The BJP leader was speaking at a felicitation function, organised by theBalija community, which was recently extended benefits in education under backward classes category 2A, withdrawing it from 3A, by his government.
Yeddyurappa said there is no need for anybody to feel that he had been hurt because he had to leave office and declared that he is “quitting happily and with satisfaction”.
In what appeared to be his “farewell speech”, Yeddyurappa said he would commence a tour of the state from tomorrow, visiting “villages-after-villages” and strengthen the party.
Listing the achievements of his 38-month tenure as Chief Minister, he said that in fiscal management “the state is number one, while communal harmony and law and order situation is good”. ET