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Yeddyurappa shifts deadline to topple K'taka govt to Jan 15

Last updated on: January 04, 2013 18:17 IST
The much-publicised threat to topple the first Bharatiya Janata Party government in the south by the newly formed Karnataka Janata Party of B S Yeddyurappa turned out to be a damp squib as the maiden meeting of the former chief minister's outfit on Friday postponed the deadline to January 15.

Contrary to Yeddyurappa's claims that his party would decide the fate of Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar ministry, the meeting failed to arrive at a decision.

Leaders who participated in the meeting, including around 15 BJP MLAs, urged the party not to allow the BJP government to continue in office "for even a second". A resolution was also moved, urging the KJP to withdraw its support to the government.

Speaking to reporters in the midst of the meet, Yeddyurappa said a decision on bringing down the government would be taken on January 15 and declared that his party would not allow Shettar to present the state budget in February.

To a question, Yeddyurappa said as many as 14 to 15 BJP legislators were present at the meeting. "There are more than 40 to 50 MLAs and ministers who are ready to join KJP. They will join at an appropriate time," he said.

Yeddyurappa said it was wrong to claim that the KJP is formed by rebel BJP leaders and pointed out that leaders from various political parties have joined the party.

"B R Patil and Jabbar Khan Honalli from the Congress and Micheal Fernandes from the Janata Dal-United have joined my party," he said.

Yeddyurappa said he would hold two separate conventions at Nanjangud and Shimoga on January 11 or 12 and January 31. He also said he would complete his statewide tour of 50 assembly constituencies by February 15.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters, Shettar dismissed any threat to his government and said he would present his budget as planned.

To counter KJP's plans, the BJP government has convened a meeting of its core committee in Bangalore on Saturday, in which party National General Secretary Dharmendra Pradhan and Anantkumar will participate.
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