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K'taka crisis: Yeddyurappa sacks 2 more ministers

Even as Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa sacked two more ministers out of the ministry today, two of the 14 BJP legislators, who had withdrawn support from the state government, have retracted their letters sent to the Governor. HT Correspondent reports.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2010 14:36 IST
HT Correspondent

Even as BJP's central leadership pitched in to broker peace between Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and 19 dissident legislators, two more ministers were shunted out of the ministry on Thursday.

Yeddyurappa announced plans to drop state ministers Anand Asnotikar and Balachandra Jarkiholi - both were among the 19 legislators who withdrew support from the government.

Damage control exercise launched by the BJP to win back its disgruntled MLAs in Karnataka seems to be working out with two dissident legislators returning into the party fold.

Two of the 14 BJP legislators, who had withdrawn support from the state government on Wednesday, have retracted their letters sent to the Governor, a party spokesman told Hindustan Times.

Dodannagauda G Patil and Bellubi Sangappa Kalappa are back in Bangalore and holding discussions with the senior party leaders, he said.

Nineteen MLAs - 14 BJP and 5 independent legislators - had submitted letters to Governor H R Bharadwaj seeking withdrawal of their support to the first government of the saffron party in South India.

"We are not concerned about the independent legislators. The BJP is concentrating on its own members (14 legislators)," said a senior leader involved in the peace brokering process.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa plans to move the confidence motion in the Assembly on October 11, a day before the deadline set by Governor H R Bharadwaj, in view of the letters by dissident legislators.

BJP was reduced to 103 members supporting it after the mutiny, from its tally of 117 in the Assembly. It expects to woo party's dissident legislators to attain a figure of 113 for claiming a majority in the House.

The chief minister, in two phases, had dropped six ministers -- 4 independent and two BJP legislators -- to pave way for dissident MLAs into the ministry as a compromise formula.

BJP leaders Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar would shortly hold meeting with BJP legislators, who are holed up in a resort on the outskirts of Bangalore.

Around 12 dissident legislators had left for Kochi on Wednesday night. They moved on to Mumbai on Thursday.

The disgruntled legislators, who were holed up in a resort in Chennai before submitting their letters to the Governor, had been demanding re-induction of sacked minister and independent MLA Goolahatti Shekhar.

They have also been seeking resignation of IT Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu after he and his son were accused of carrying out a multi-crore land scam, besides accusing the government of failing to usher development.

The chief Minister, who left for a visit to a temple in Kerala, plans to move a confidence motion in the Assembly to prove majority on October 11, a day before the deadline set by Governor H R Bharadwaj.

Efforts to pacify the dissident leaders intensified with state Ministers Janardhan Reddy and B Sriramulu holding parleys with various factions.

This was second time in 52 months of BJP rule in Karnataka that legislators have led a tirade against Yeddyurappa. In 2009 end, state Ministers Janardhan Reddy, Karunakar Reddy and S Sriramulu had led a coup against the chief minister, but later fell in line after a compromise formula was arrived at.