BJP core committee meets to take stock of situation in Karnataka
Bangalore, Jan 30 : The BJP Core Committee in Karnataka today discussed the fall out of the resignation of 12 rebel MLAs who intend to join the Karnataka Janata Party of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.
The meeting, held at the residence of Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar, assumed significance as the party had a wafer thin margin of 105 in the state assembly which fell from 117 after 12 MLAs supporting Mr Yeddyurappa resigned yesterday.
In the 225-member assembly, there are 14 vacancies at present while one member is nominated.
Governor H R Bhardwaj, who is keeping close watch on the developments in the BJP, has said he may ask the Chief Minister to prove his majority on the floor of the House before addressing the Joint Session on February 4.
Speaker K G Bopaiah took almost eight hours after receiving the resignation letters to announce their acceptance after consulting the Lok Sabha Secretariat.
According to sources in the KJP, at least six MLAs are expected to resign.
Mr Yeddyurappa, who has been claiming that he was not interested in pulling the government, was however, firm that Mr Shettar should not present the Budget for 2013-14 scheduled for February 8 since he does not enjoy majority and it is a BJP-KJP coalition in power.
Mr Shettar is making all out efforts to present the Budget and giving finishing touches to the preparation. The state cabinet will be meeting here tomorrow ahead of the legislature session commencing on February 4.
In today's Core Committee meeting all ministers, state president and Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa, former Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, among others, participated.