Yeddyurappa loyalists threaten to quit

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 29, 2012 13:51 hrs

There is no end to turmoil in the Karanataka government run by the faction-ridden Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the followers of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa threatening to quit Friday if present chief minister Sadanand Gowda was not removed from his post.

The followers of Yeddyurappa are putting pressure on the BJP central leadership to appoint Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar in the place of Sadananda Gowda.

"We will quit or sit as different group," said pro-Yeddyurappa MLA B P Harish

At least ten ministers in the Gowda government have threatened to resign, he said.

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.

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