BSY's deadline for toppling govt fizzles out again

BSY's deadline for toppling govt fizzles out again

BSY's deadline for toppling govt fizzles out again

Yet another deadline set by Karnataka Janata Party president B S Yeddyurappa to topple the Jagadish Shettar government fizzled out on Tuesday, with ministers and MLAs loyal to the former chief minister unwilling to tender their resignations.

On January 4, Yeddyurappa stated at a press conference that he would take a decision on the fate of the BJP government a day after Sankaranti.  “We will take a final decision on January 15 as it is an auspicious day,” Yeddyurappa had stated.

Speaking to reporters in Hassan, an embattled Yeddyurappa said he had never set a deadline. When reminded that he had set two deadlines in the past, the former chief minister said he had stopped setting deadlines. “We are busy finalising the list of candidates for the Assembly polls. The first list of candidates will be released by January-end.

The political atmosphere in the State is in favour of the KJP and the party would show its strength in the coming elections,” he said. On an earlier occasion, Yeddyurappa had said that he would topple the government on January 4.

Around 10 to 14 MLAs, who have identified themselves with Yeddyurappa, are reluctant to resign for various reasons. Firstly, they do not want to miss out on the developmental grants being sanctioned by the government for their constituencies.

In a shrewd political move, the BJP government, last week, announced projects worth Rs 6,700 crore to improve in 15,500 km of roads across the State. Several drinking water schemes, electrification and irrigation projects are also likely to be announced in the budget.

Yeddyurappa’s supporters, a majority of whom are from North Karnataka, also do not want to take the blame of dislodging a Lingayat chief minister.

In Bangalore, KJP campaign committee chairperson V Dhananjay Kumar said it was a matter of time before the government collapsed on its own. He claimed several BJP ministers and MLAs were planning to join the KJP and the Congress.

He said the Constitutional provisions permit the government only to seek a vote on account for a specific period. “Shettar cannot present a full-fledged budget. We will not allow it,” Kumar said.

He alleged that BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar had made Shettar a “scape goat” by projecting him as the chief ministerial candidate. “Ananth Kumar wants to put the blame on the BJP’s poor show in the polls on Shettar,” he claimed.