New Delhi/Bangalore: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set a 12-hour deadline for incumbent Karnataka Chief Minister to resign, and sternly warned party lawmakers in the state to fall in line or face the sack.
The deadline and warning was issued after a defiant Yedyurappa decided not to attend a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board in New Delhi on Thursday, and instead, took an early morning flight from Delhi to Bangalore.
He is presently in Bangalore chairing an emergency meeting of loyalist legislative assembly members, even as the central leadership of the party has asked him to resign from office immediately over his role in the illegal mining scam in Karnataka.
The BJP has already warned all party members in Karnataka to obey the party's orders and not attend the meeting called by Yeddyurappa. Reports have confirmed that 14 members of the legislative assembly are attending the meeting at the latter's official residence in Bangalore.
The party has issued a statement saying that any minister or party member who attends Yeddyurappa's meeting will be sacked. They have also asked Yeddyurappa to tone down his resistance.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has reacted to the BJP's decision. It described the demand for Yeddyurappa's resignation as too little and too late. It accused the cornered Karnataka chief minister as being immoral.