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Jagadish Shettar may have to prove his majority

Bangalore, Jan 26 (): Surrounded with new controversies, Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar is most likely to be asked by Governor HR Bhardwaj to prove his majority on the floor of the House.

The governor was quoted saying that he has asked the Chief Minister of the state to brief him and if necessary might have to seek a confidence of the House.

The decision came after a complaint was reported to the governor by the ruling BJP MLAs loyal to former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, about the absence of Speaker KG Bopaiah, following which Governor Bhardwaj has posted a letter to the Assembly Secretariat demanding for an explanation regarding the speaker’s tour asking for a detail of Assembly Secretariat official’s tour programme.

As Speaker KG Bopaiah is out of the country on a foreign tour, the thirteen MLAs belonging to the BJP who planned to quit their Assembly membership were left hanging on the tip, said sources.

Intending to push the Jagadish Shettar government into deep trouble, the agitated MLAs rushed towards Raj Bhavan to report to the governor about the long absence of the Speaker who was already informed about the decision taken by the MLAs to submit their resignations.

The two MLAs, CM Udasi and Shobha Karandlaje who decided to quit the party were unable to submit their resignations as Speaker Bopaiah was out on a foreign visit. Assembly Secretary P Omprakasha was also said to be not available.

In an attempt to create hurdles to chief minister Jagadish Shettar from presenting the Budget scheduled on February 8, the resignation proposal of the MLAs was said to have been planned by Yeddyurappa who want to take revenge with the Shettar government by threatening its stability.

The ruling BJP is having 118 members to its credit in the Karnataka assembly while Congress has 71 seats. The JDS is having 26 and Independent 7.