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.

hidden January 23, 2013 11:08:47 IST
Two Yeddy loyalists from BJP quit Karnataka cabinet

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.

Two Yeddy loyalists from BJP quit Karnataka cabinet

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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.

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