The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Karanataka government plunged into a crisis on Friday with nine ministers loyal to former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa quitting the ministry demanding replacement of chief minister Sadananda Gowda.
Media reports said at least nine ministers resigned shortly after a threat by Yeddyurappa loyalists to change the CM.
The followers of Yeddyurappa had been putting pressure on the BJP central leadership to appoint Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar in the place of Sadananda Gowda.
"We will quit in the evening or sit as different group," said pro-Yeddyurappa MLA B P Harish earlier.
At least ten ministers in the Gowda government had threatened to resign earlier.
BJP´s Karnataka in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi gave no indication of removing Gowda though and praised the CM for his good work.
Yeddyurappa, the powerful south-Indian leader of BJP, on July 31 last year was forced to resign as the Chief Minister of Karnataka after he was indicted by the then Karnataka Lokayukta N antosh Hedge in the illegal mining report.
Sadanand Gowda was made the CM.
Yeddyurappa and his family members were named by Hegde in what was called a Rs 16,000 crore illegal mining scam.
Yeddyurappa walked out of jail on Nov 8 on bail.