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Resignations have damaged but not weakened BJP: Shettar

Posted on Jan 31, 12:09PM | UNI

Bangalore, Jan 30: Resignation of 12 legislators has not weakened the BJP though it has caused some damage, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said today.

In a chat with newsmen after garlanding Mahatma Gandhi's photo
on Martyrs day, he said, ''the resignation has had no impact on the ruling party. Yes, it has damaged the party's image but a few

Legislators quitting will not weaken a national party which has

its own history.''

Replying to a question, Mr Shettar said,''I am confident
of presenting the State Budget for 2013-14 on February 8 and BJP
will complete its five year term, there should be no doubt in it.''

To another question, the Chief Minister said,''Governor H R Bhardwaj has not asked to prove the majority in the floor of
the House, but I am ready to face if necessary arises.''

BJP State President and Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa told newsmen that he has not restricted any Legislators or members from quitting the party. ''Yesterday they have resigned from the MLA post and I am asking them to quit the party if they want to work for Karnataka Janata Paksha headed by former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa with whom they have identified themselves.''

''Whoever want to quit the party can do so. The party will not
compel anybody to remain and not to leave,'' he added.
To a question, he said, '' I am confident of Mr Shettar
presenting the Budget which would be most popular and the party
completing the term.''

He said that no importance should be attached to the Core
Committee meeting earlier in the day since it is routine to meet
and discuss the issues.