BJP leader and former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday held talks with dissident Karnataka MLAs in Panaji and sounded confident that the crisis facing the Yeddyurappa government would be defused by Saturday.
“It is a dispute within the party and it will be resolved by tomorrow,” he told reporters.
Meanwhile, Karnataka assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah on Friday issued showcause notice to 11 dissident BJP MLAs, asking them to explain why they withdrew support to the state government.
The notice was issued under the provisions of the anti-defection law after Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa complained against the 11 legislators about indulging in anti-party activities.
Excise Minister M.P. Renukacharya was among those who received notice. Though he led the mutiny, he later backed down and announced plans of reconciliation.
The legislators have been asked to tender their reply to the Speaker in person before 5 pm on October 10, a day before Yeddyurappa plans to move a confidence motion in the assembly.
Governor H.R. Bharadwaj had asked the chief minister to prove his majority after 19 MLAs — 14 of the ruling BJP and five independent legislators — had submitted to him letters of support withdrawal.
Though 14 BJP MLAs revolted, notice was issued to 11 because three have reportedly come back to the party fold.
Attempts were made to broker peace by Tourism Minister Janardhan Reddy, who, along with his brother Karunakara and friend B. Sriramulu (both ministers), had led a coup against Yeddyurappa at the end of 2009.
Parrikar, who is heading the good governance cell of the party, said that legislators had no demands but “certain issues”, which could be solved at the party forum.
“I met everyone including independents and discussed their grievances,” he said.