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Shettar says no more resignations expected from BJP
January 31, 2013
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BANGALORE: Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Wednesday said no more resignations were expected from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), though speculation continued that several party lawmakers would soon quit and join the 12 who resigned on Tuesday.

“All ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) are in touch with me. I do not expect any one of them to resign,” Shettar told reporters.

State Bharatiya Janata Party chief and deputy chief minister KS Eshwarappa also said that he did not expect any more resignations from the assembly and the party.

“We have been maintaining that only 13 or 14 MLAs will leave. And 12 have now quit,” he said.

Tuesday, 13 BJP lawmakers submitted their resignation letters to assembly speaker KG Bopaiah, who accepted 12 and held one back on technical grounds.

The 13th resignation is expected to come through on Wednesday.

The 13 who submitted resignation letters are followers of former BJP chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and would now join the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) led by him on Thursday.

The 12 are to quit the BJP on Wednesday.

“We will fax our resignation from the primary membership of BJP today (Wednesday),” BP Harish, one of the 12 who quit the assembly on Tuesday, told reporters.

The resignations have left the Shettar government with a wafer-thin majority in the assembly.

If more party MLAs quit, the BJP would have to depend on independents for survival.

The BJP strength now stands at 106, including the speaker, in the 225-member assembly. Two seats are vacant.

Press Trust of India

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