Karnataka minister threatens to resign

Even as BSY convened a meeting of his loyalists, Minister Bhalachandra Jarkiholi threatened to resign along with 19 other legislators.

Bangalore: Even as former Karnataka Chief
Minister BS Yeddyurappa convened a meeting of his loyalists
here, Minister Bhalachandra Jarkiholi on Sunday threatened to
resign along with 19 other legislators if infighting over the
leadership issue was not put to an end.

"If the infighting in the party does not end, I, along
with 19 other legislators, will tender resignation," the
Municipal Administration Minister, who was among the 16 MLAs
disqualified from the membership of the Assembly in 2010, told

"We will inform Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda and
state BJP President K S Eshwarappa about our resignation
(decision) and hand over letter in this regard to Governor H R
Bhardwaj," he said.

The BJP central leadership wants Gowda to present the
state budget and internal bickering are hurting the party and
its members, he said, adding, "There is no question of change
of leadership."

Jarkiholi also said Gowda should be allowed to complete
his term as he was performing well.

The 16 MLAs - 11 of them belonging to BJP and the rest
Independents - were disqualified by Speaker KG Bopaiah on
October 10, two days before the deadline fixed by the Governor
to Yeddyurappa to prove his majority after the legislators
wrote a letter withdrawing their support to him.

Later, the Supreme Court on May 13 last year struck down
the Speaker`s order and also the High Court verdict which had
upheld it.

The legislators including Jarkiholi had wanted Yeddyurappa
to step down as chief minister.