CM talks to MLAs to keep flock together

In a bid to keep his flock together, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has started holding one-on-one talks with MLAs who are in two minds on quitting the BJP, to convince them to remain in the party.

On Tuesday, Shettar met Lingasugur MLA Manappa Vajjal at the former’s home office in Bangalore and held discussions with him for nearly 30 minutes. Vajjal had indicated that he would be quitting the BJP soon to join the JD(S). Shettar is said to have told Vajjal that any issues he has with the BJP will be sorted out.

As many as 13 BJP MLAs have quit their Assembly membership in recent weeks, while the resignations of three more are pending before Speaker K G Bopaiah. In another part of the city,  KJP President B S Yeddyurappa claimed that more BJP MLAs would resign soon after the ULB polls.

Speaking after inducting several local leaders into the KJP, Yeddyurappa said his party would not release any manifesto for the ULB polls.

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