Bangalore: Two ministers quit the Karnataka government Thursday and were set to resign from the assembly and the ruling BJP too amid speculation that more would follow ahead of the assembly polls due in May.
Forest minister C P Yogeshwar and small scale industries minister Narasimha Nayak, also known as Raju Gouda, submitted their resignations to chief minister Jagadish Shettar here.
The two would quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also once their resignations from the ministry and the assembly are accepted, Nayak told reporters here.
The two headed to Madikeri, about 250 km from Bangalore, to meet Speaker K G Bopaiah to submit their resignation from the assembly. Madikeri is Bopaiah's hometown.
Both ministers are said to be keen to join the Congress.
The two resignations heightened the weeks-long speculation that at least a dozen members of the Shettar cabinet would quit before the assembly polls, a majority of them wanting to join the Congress.