Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Monday dared incumbent Jagadish Shettar to dissolve the government, and said that the latter was trying to humiliate him indirectly.
Reacting to sacking of his loyalist J Puttaswamy, Yeddyurappa said that these were tactics of the state government to pull him down.
"My point is from the last six to eight months, so many MLAs, MPs and ministers are with me. It is known to everybody. In a way, this is a coalition government, they are not ready to accept it. Day before yesterday, they have abruptly taken action about one MP and they have also taken the resignation of Puttaswamy," said Yeddyurappa.
"Suppose being the chief minister, you ask straightaway, Puttaswamy please resign. Being a chief minister, he can make anybody minister and remove anybody, he could have just written a letter or a telephone call. Why has he taken such a hasty decision? So, they want to humiliate me indirectly," he added.
Yeddyurappa, who took over as chief of the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) at a public massive rally, demanded the Shettar Government to step down if they do not want his loyalists in the government.
"I told you officially long back, I do not want to pull down this government. About this no-confidence motion, this does not arise at all. If they don't want Yeddyurappa's supporters in the government, if they feel humiliated, let them dissolve the assembly that is my request. That is my demand," he said.
Shettar sacked Puttaswamy, a loyalist of Yeddyurappa, earlier on Saturday from his cabinet over indiscipline.
Yeddyurappa said that he would begin his tour of the state from December 17, and added that the public has faith in him due to the formulation of pro-people policies during his tenure.
"I will start my tour from Bidar district, most probably, 17th onwards. I will go around the state; I wanted to cover almost all the districts in the first round, all assembly constituencies. People have faith, because during my reign of three years, my pro-people programme and so may facilities to the poorest of the poor, such people are supporting me. I don't want to tell anything more than this," he said.
Yeddyurappa, who led the BJP to victory in Karnataka in 2008, was compelled to quit as the chief minister in July 2011 after the Lokayukta indicted him into illegal mining scam and also for his alleged role in the irregularities of allotment of land. (ANI)