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No threat to BJP government in Karnataka: Rajnath Singh

January 28, 2013 11:14 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh said on Monday that there is no threat to the BJP government in Karnataka.

Singh met Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Monday morning and discussed the current political situation in the state.

"There is no crisis in Karnataka. Our government will complete its term. There is nothing to suggest anything to Jagadish Shettar as he is a very intelligent person," he added.

Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had met the Governor last week and apprised him of the resignation of 13 MLAs from the BJP. He is also trying to rope in seven more MLAs from the BJP to resign from the Assembly along with the 13 MLAs who are waiting for the arrival of the Speaker to put in their papers.

Speaker K G Bopaiah is expected to return to Bengaluru on Monday and Yeddyurappa wants that 20 MLAs should resign from their Assembly seats on that day to bring the Shettar government in minority.

If more than 15 BJP MLAs resign or give him a letter expressing no-confidence in Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar, it will prompt the governor to ask Shettar to seek a trust vote on the floor of the House.

The BJP government in Karnataka has plunged into crisis ahead of the Budget session, as two ministers C M Udasi and Shobha Karandlaje had resigned to join Yeddyurappa.

The BJP's strength in the assembly is 120, including the Speaker, an Independent and a nominated member.

The Karnataka BJP is confident that resignation by 10 rebel MLAs will not affect the government, and is hoping that its strength doesn't slip below 106.

The Congress has 71 MLAs and the JD(S) has 26 MLAs in the assembly.


Source: ANI