Two BSY-loyalist Ministers Udasi, Shobha  quit, give jolt to Karnataka BJP govt


DHNS, 23-01-2013 03:23:00


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In a development that could trigger fresh crisis for ruling BJP in Karnataka, two Ministers loyal to the B S Yeddyurappa-led Karnataka Janata Party today resigned from the Jagadish Shettar Ministry.

Public Works Minister C M Udasi and Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje handed over their resignations to the Chief Minister this morning.

Official sources said the resignation letters have been sent to Governor H R Bhardwaj for acceptance.

Udasi said they have been hurt by the attitude of Shettar towards MLAs and Ministers supporting Yeddyurappa, adding, the time has come to build KJP.

"Though we had indicated that we are going to submit resignation, we are getting information that the Speaker (K G Bopaiah) is out of station", Udasi said, adding, he, Shobha and a few MLAs would submit their resignation from Assembly membership to the Speaker’s office later today.

Haveri MLA Nehru Olekar, a staunch Yeddyurappa loyalist, termed the "foreign tour" of the Speaker as political "strategy" of the BJP to scuttle the plans of Yeddyurappa-supporting MLAs and Ministers (who wanted to resign).

He said in case the Speaker’s office hesitates to accept the resignation letters, they would meet Bhardwaj.

A cloud of uncertainty has been hanging over the Shettar ministry ever since Yeddyurappa quit the party to float his KJP in December last. The former BJP strongman has repeatedly put the government on notice about their stability, claiming support of 20-30 BJP MLAs.

Yeddyurappa’s party had set two deadlines earlier to unseat the government but they turned out to be a damp squib.

Brushing aside the threats to his government, Shettar had said he would present the state budget on February 8, the last ahead of assembly polls due in May. 

Udasi, Shobha may quit cabinet today


Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje, Public Works Minister C M Udasi and some MLAs loyal to former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa are likely to resign on Wednesday but the resignations may stop short of toppling the Jagadish Shettar government.

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In his third avowed attempt to dislodge the Shettar government, Yeddyurappa, unlike the previous two occasions (January 4 and 15) has not made it public, apparently to avoid the embarrassment he faced when his earlier threats fizzled out with legislators reluctant to resign.

On Wednesday, Karandlaje and Udasi are expected to put in their papers as ministers and later resign from the membership of the Assembly in the evening, followed by a formal announcement of their intention to join Yeddyurappa-founded KJP, sources said.

Both Shettar and Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah, to whom they have to submit their
resignation letters as ministers and MLAs respectively, will not be in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Karandlaje, addressing a press conference on Tuesday where she highlighted her achievements as Energy Minister in the last two and a half years, said she was “sad” about having to “lose” her department.

The exact number of legislators who may quit on Wednesday remained unclear with conflicting reports emerging from different sources. The number varied from just four to a high of 22.

However, two legislators—Nehru Olekar and B P Harish—have made it public that they will resign. The other names doing the rounds include M Chandrappa, Srishailappa Bidarur, D N Suresh, Suresh Gowda Patil, I S Chikkanagoudar, Basavaraj Patil Attur and G Shivanna.

Most of these legislators were incommunicado. Challakere MLA N Thippeswamy, who had identified himself with Yeddyurappa by attending the KJP executive meeting, said he was yet to decide his future course of action.

Another loyalist H Halappa said he would take a decision on Wednesday after meeting Yeddyurappa.

It is said that Yeddyurappa’s loyalists may meet over breakfast at Udasi’s residence in the city.

Comments on this Article
alfredo, santhekatte Fri, January-25-2013, 9:03
The girlfriend has to follow her boyfriend. It is natural!. Well said Jossy SAL
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Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai Wed, January-23-2013, 11:42
alfredo, why do u want to become kabab-mein-haddi.........
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alfredo, santhekatte Wed, January-23-2013, 10:07
Yeddy can play to destroy the BJP govt in Bangalore. but Yeddy will not get CM in this life. SHOBHAKA,DO NOT MAKE A POLITICAL SUICIDE BY JOINING KJP.
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