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Karnataka: Two more ministers quit Shettar govt

IANS  Bangalore, February 22, 2013
First Published: 08:51 IST(22/2/2013) | Last Updated: 08:54 IST(22/2/2013)

Two ministers quit the Karnataka government on Thursday and were set to resign from the assembly and the ruling BJP too amid speculation that more would follow ahead of the assembly polls due in May.

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Forest minister CP Yogeshwar and small scale industries minister Narasimha Nayak, also known as Raju Gouda, submitted their resignations to chief minister Jagadish Shettar in Bangalore.

The two would quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also once their resignations from the ministry and the assembly are accepted, Nayak told reporters in Bangalore.

The two headed to Madikeri, about 250 km from Bangalore, to meet Speaker KG Bopaiah to submit their resignation from the assembly. Madikeri is Bopaiah's hometown.

Both ministers are said to be keen to join the Congress.

The two resignations heightened the weeks-long speculation that  at least a dozen members of the Shettar cabinet would quit before the assembly polls, a majority of them wanting to join the Congress.

The others were said to be going to Janata Dal-Secular or Karnataka Janata Party headed by former BJP chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.

Besides Yogeshwar and Nayak, the BJP is about to lose two more assembly members, - Belur Gopalakrishna from Shimoga district, about 280 km from Bangalore, and HS Shankaralinge Gowda from Mysore, around 130 km from in Bangalore.

The two announced earlier this week that they would soon quit the BJP.

While Gowda has said he would join the JD-S, Gopalakrishna has indicated that he is keen to go to the Congress.

Elections to the 225-member assembly are due in May.

At present the political parties in the state are busy preparing for the polls to 208 urban local bodies scheduled for March 7.


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