A day after the Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe against BS Yeddyurappa in connection with illegal mining, seven ministers loyal to the former Karnataka CM offered to resign, demanding a leadership change.
The ministers submitted their resignations to BSY after CM DV Sadananda Gowda wrote to BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday, alleging that some ministers were indulging in anti-party activities.
Eleven other MLAs are also believed to have quit.
The rebel ministers have demanded that BSY loyalist Jagadish Shettar be made CM. Shettar currently holds the rural development and panchayat raj portfolios.
According to sources, BSY will also submit his resignation to the high command on Monday if the demand of changing the CM was not met.
“Our leader is free to take any decision on our resignation. Since we have been accused of indulging in anti-party activities, we chose to quit,” one of the ministers said.
Gowda, however, said he was unaware of the resignations. “I have not received any letter so far. There is no crisis in the BJP." Gowda is set to reach Delhi on Sunday for a meeting with the high command. The rebel leaders are also said to be headed for the capital.
Around 38 MLAs have written to Gowda, demanding a legislature party meeting to discuss his complaint with the central leadership. Gowda has, however, rejected the demand.
Meanwhile, six other BJP MLAs have come to Delhi to urge the high command to sack the rebel ministers and MLAs. They also expressed support for Gowda and demanded he be allowed to continue as CM.