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Karnataka crisis deepens, one more BJP legislator quits
February 02, 2013
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BANGALORE: One more Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker submitted his resignation from the assembly on Friday, pushing the Jagadish Shettar ministry into a precarious position ahead of the budget session beginning on Feb. 4.

“I have submitted my resignation from the assembly to Speaker KG Bopaiah’s office as he was not present,” D.S. Suresh, who represents Tarikere constituency, about 250 km north of Bangalore, told reporters here.

“I have requested that the resignation be accepted early. As soon as it is accepted, I will quit BJP and join KJP (Karnataka Janata Party headed by former BJP chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa),” Suresh said.

With Suresh’s move, Bopaiah, who is away in his hometown Madikeri, about 260 kilometres, now has two BJP legislators’ resignations to accept.]

With BJP government facing political crisis, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and newly-elected vice president Rahul Gandhi held detailed discussions with former external affairs minister and senior party leader SM Krishna about the political scene ahead of the May assembly polls there.

Krishna met the Congress president for half-an-hour during which they went over the recent political developments in the state apart from the poll strategies, sources said.

Apart from discussing the prospects of Congress in the polls, they also discussed “pros and cons” of what will happen if the assembly elections were held ahead of the schedule, sources said, adding Krishna also met Rahul for about 40 minutes and discussed ways to galvanise partymen in the state.



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