“I told the governor there is no threat to my government because I enjoy majority,” Shettar said.
Before meeting Shettar, Bhardwaj told mediapersons he might ask the CM to prove his majority. “I have all the information about the developments. If necessary, I have to interfere.” Bhardwaj said his secretariat was collecting the details on the strength of parties in the assembly (see box).
In the evening, Bhardwaj accepted the resignations of ministers Shobha Karandlaje and CM Udasi — among the 13 rebels — from cabinet berths.
In Delhi, BJP president Rajnath Singh said, “I am confident there is no threat to our government in Karnataka.”
Shettar is scheduled to present the budget for 2013-14 on February 8. According to BJP sources, Yeddyurappa does not want Shettar to score political points with a populist budget barely three months before assembly elections become due.