Two Yeddy loyalists from BJP quit Karnataka cabinet
Public Works Minister CM Udasi and Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje will join the Karnataka Janata Party headed by Yeddyurappa to strengthen it ahead of the assembly elections due in May.
Bangalore: Public Works Minister CM Udasi and Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje, loyalists of former BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, Wednesday quit Karnataka cabinet as part of rebels' plan to prevent Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar from presenting budget 8 February.
Shettar said that he has received the resignation letters of Udasi and Karandlaje and will consider it.
Soon after receiving the two letters, Shettar left for a two-day tour of northern Karnataka.
Udasi said that he, Karandlaje and over 10 other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assembly members will quit the assembly.
He said all of them will join the Karnataka Janata Party headed by Yeddyurappa to strengthen it ahead of the assembly elections due in May.
Yeddyurappa, BJP's first chief minister in the state, quit the party and the assembly 30 November to lead KJP as he was not made state BJP chief. He was forced out of chief minister's post in July 2011 over mining bribery charges.
Shettar, who became chief minister in July last year to head BJP's third government in over four years, also holds the finance portfolio.
He is scheduled to present the 2013-14 budget 8 February, for which the legislature session has been convened from 4 February to 13 February.
Yeddyurappa dared his former party to take action against ministers and legislators who might attend the formal launch of his party 9 December.
Karnataka's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party Monday dared its former leader BS Yeddyurappa to topple the Jagadish Shettar government, a day after he challenged the chief minister to prove his majority or quit.
"Both BJP and JDS have an overt understanding between them and will forge alliance in coming election," he said.