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Karnataka: BJP set for stormy budget session as 14 rebel MLAs resign


Abhirr V P, CNN-IBN
Feb 04, 2013 at 10:22am IST

New Delhi: The BJP government in Karnataka is walking on thin ice as it sits in for the first day of a crucial state budget session on Monday. With the governor having accepted the resignations of 13 MLAs loyal to BS yeddyurappa, the Jagadish Shettar led government faces uncertainty over its fate and a stormy session looks likely.

The governor will address both houses of the legislature on Monday and outline the policy initiatives for the year. Shettar will present his budget on February 8 - the last for this term since the state goes to elections in April-May.

The BJP is surviving on a wafer thin majority following resignation of 14 MLAs in the last one week, faces a threat in the backdrop of threat by Yeddyurappa loyalists to quit.

However, fireworks could be on cards in the coming days as opposition Congress and JDS will question the government's continuance despite losing majority.

The en masse resignation of MLAs, former minister Shobha Karandlaje's charge that government has "failed" to check attacks on women and on girls reported missing across the state are expected to generate much heat.

Shettar, who will be presenting his maiden budget on February 8, which will also be the last by the BJP government as Assembly elections are likely in April-May, will have a tough job on hand to sail through the session.

MLAs and Ministers loyal to Yeddyurappa have so far not spelt out their strategy, but BJP feels they may not pose any problem.

The government's fiscal performance in implementing programmes announced in the 2012-13 budget and also the tardy phase of drought relief work would become major issues for the opposition to embarrass the government.

With Additional Inputs From PTI

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