As the three dissident ministers continued their defiant stance against him, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday talked tough, hinting at a "stern action" against them.
"These people cannot cow me down. They are worried about my popularity graph", Yeddyurappa told reporters here, as he hit back at the three ministers who had made a strong attack on him at a function in their home district of Bellary yesterday.
Yeddyurappa said he has asked the party central leadership to take action against brothers Tourism Minister G Janardhana Reddy and Revenue Minister G Karunakara Reddy and Health Minister B Sreeramulu.
"The three ministers have criticised me at a function they held in Siruguppa taluk where they launched their own housing programme for flood-affected victims. I am not scared of these things," Yeddyurappa said.
Saying there are "some elements" who are obstructing the pace of relief work in flood-affected areas, he asserted "I will take stern action to rein them in and ensure that relief measures are not hindered", apparently targetting the three ministers.
Yeddyurappa's tough posture against the dissident ministers who have been critical of his style of functioning comes even as party senior leader Arun Jaitley is here since yesterday on a trouble-shooting mission.
Yeddyurappa briefed RSS leaders on the happenings at a meeting held at his private residence this morning.
Meanwhile, several ministers and MLAs thronged Yeddyurappa's official residence and expressed support to him.