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K'taka: BJP ministers quit cabinet
Vicky Nanjappa in Bangalore | October 02, 2007 19:56 IST
Last Updated: October 02, 2007 20:45 IST
Making its intentions clear that it was not prepared for anything less than a smooth transfer of power, the Bharatiya Janata Party ministers in the Karnataka government handed over their resignations to state Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.
The move came following the hour-long meeting of the party in Bangalore, necessitated by the Janata Dal-Secular's refusal to hand over power as promised on October 3.
Senior BJP leader Yeshwant Sinha, who is in charge of the Karnataka BJP, said it was unanimously decided that all ministers of the party in the coalition will submit their resignation to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday itself.
The BJP leader said that as per the agreement, the JD-S was to hand over power on Tuesday. The resignations were just a one-line letter.
Prior to the ministers submitting their resignation, BJP state leader Sadananda Gowda prepared a covering note in which the view of the party's state leadership was made clear. After this letter was delivered, all BJP ministers submitted their resignations.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who will participate in a JD-S legislature party meeting later in the evening, said the BJP should stop negotiations through the media and address the issue in a more patient manner.