Bangalore: The BJP government in Karnataka, which is facing the prospect of being reduced to a minority, today decided against dissolving the assembly ahead of its completion of tenure.
The issue was discussed at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, official sources said.
The tenure of the BJP government ends in early June. Assembly elections are expected to be held in May.
13 ruling party MLAs have quit their assembly membership in recent weeks while the resignation of three more are pending before Speaker K G Bopaiah.
In addition, two more legislators -- Raju Gouda and Beluru Gopalakrishna -- have announced their decision to quit BJP.
The government would be reduced to a minority if Gouda and Gopalakrishna quit and the resignations of three MLAs are accepted by the Speaker.
Meanwhile, sources said the cabinet deferred approvals on most of the listed items on its agenda today because of the code of conduct in force in view of elections to urban local bodies in the state on March seven.