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Jagadish Shettar to meet Rajnath Singh today

Bangalore, Jan 28 (): In order to discuss the future course of action after thirteen MLAs loyal to B S Yeddyurappa announced their decision to quit the party, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar is expected to meet BJP president Rajnath Singh today.

Sources said the meeting has been decided after Rajnath Singh called Shettar last Friday and made it clear not to do a compromise with the party’s philosophy even if there is danger of survival of the BJP government in the state. Shettar however claimed that he is confident to overcome the disaster.

The thirteen loyalist MLAs of B.S. Yeddyurappa decided to quit the party on Wednesday and went to meet Speaker K G Bopaiah to submit their resignations from Assembly membership, where they came to know that Bopaiah has left for a private tour, after which the MLAs rushed towards Governor Bhardwaj taking a complaint about the unavailability of the speaker and therefore had to submit the copies of their resignation to the Governor.

It is believed that Bopaiah has returned back from his trip to Nepal late Friday and is expected to resume work on January 29.

Meanwhile, sources said that BS Yeddyurappa, the man who motivated the thirteen MLAs to resign has claimed that some more ministers are also ready to resign from the BJP government in Karnataka. Yeddyurappa wants to prevent Shettar from presenting the budget for 2013-14, which is likely to help the BJP in the assembly elections due in May.

Responding to a question whether he has any pre -plan in case his government loses majority, Shettar said that his government has nothing to worry about as they have sufficient numbers and there are no further resignations till now.

Jagadish  Shettar added that he has been waiting for the speaker to return and will see what has to be done next, claiming that his government will definitely face the budget session.