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No threat to Karnataka govt: Rajnath

Posted on Jan 28, 11:16AM | IBNS

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Monday said there was no threat to the party's government in Karnataka and it would complete its full term.

Reports said after an hour-long meeting with Karnataka chief minister Jagdish Shettar here, Singh said there was no crisis in Karnataka.

"I have no advice to give to Mr Shettar as he is a thoroughly experienced and competent politician," he said.

"Our government will complete its term," Shettar said.

Shettar's meeting with Singh was dubbed as a courtesy call.

Two ministers, who quit the Karnataka government last week, are expected to join the new party founded by BS Yeddyurappa, who left the BJP in December after 40 years.

There are 13 other BJP MLAs, who have expressed their desire to quit the government. They wanted to resign earlier this week, but the Speaker of the Assembly, KG Bopaiah, was not in town. Consequently, they submitted their resignations to the Governor HR Bhardwaj.

The government will be a minority if 18 legislators resign.

In the 223-member Karnataka Assembly, the BJP has 119 seats and the opposition Congress and Janata Dal(S) together have 97.

There are seven independent legislators.