Bangalore: Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje and Public Works Minister C.M. Udasi quit the ministry on Wednesday morning in accordance with a strategy chalked out by former chief minister and Karnataka Janata Paksha President B. S. Yeddyurappa to put the Jagadish Shettar governmnet in a tight spot.
The above two ministers, who are close aides of Mr. Yeddyurappa, submitted their resignation letters to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar at his official residence in Bangalore.
Mr. Udasi told reporters after resigning that they would also quit their assembly seats in the afternoon along with nearly 15 MLAs from the BJP. They are expected to formally join the KJP after severing links with the BJP.
Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who left Bangalore on a two-day visit to north Karnataka soon after receiving resignation letters from the two ministers, said he would take a decision on their resignations soon.
Speaker on foreign trip
Karnataka Assembly Speaker K. G. Bopaiah meanwhile has left on a foreign trip. The speaker is believed to have left Bangalore on Tuesday night. As per norms, the MLAs have to submit their resignation letters in person to the Speaker. In this context, the foreign trip of the speaker has irritated the Yeddyurappa camp. The members of the Yeddyurappa camp are holding a meeting at the residence of Mr. C. M. Udasi, to discuss the strategy to be adopted by them.
Taking exception to the timing of the Speaker’s foreign trip, Mr. Udasi told reporters that the speaker had gone ahead with the trip despite being informed about the ministers’ decision to resign.
A KJP leader said that the MLAs would submit their resignation letters to the Speaker’s office even if he was not there. But they too admitted that technically the resignations could not be accepted without being handed over to the Speaker in person.
In fact, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar too has embarked on a two-day visit to north Karnataka from Wednesday morning as part of the counter strategy. However, Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje and Public Works Minister C. M. Udasi caught up with him before his departure early on Wednesday morning and submitted their resignations to the ministry.