Bangalore: The 27-month-old BJP government in Karnataka seems to be on the rocks after 20 disgruntled MLAs wrote to the Governor threatening to withdraw support over the allocation of portfolios.
All the disgruntled MLAs are now in Mumbai. The BJP central leadership has now intervened. Party chief Nitin Gadkari has directed senior leader Venkaiah Naidu to resolve the crisis. Sources say the Reddy brothers of Bellary are also playing the role of peace brokers.
In the latest development to the Karnataka crisis, B.D. Yeddyurappa has sacked two more ministers -- Anand Asnotikar and B Jarkiholi. He has also said that the Reddy brothers are supporting the government in crisis.
This comes after Karnataka Governor H.R. Bharadwaj asked Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to prove his majority by the 12th of October.
Meanwhile, the Congress has made clear it won't back Janata Dal (Seclar) efforts to form an alternate government. Congress is moving some of its MLAs to resorts fearing poaching by Reddys.
An Independent MLA, who withdrew support to the Yeddyurappa governemnt, said: "They promised that upto five years they won't disturb us. But in recent reshuffle he dropped one of our friends who was working very prominently and honestly. They dropped him. So why should we support him when he has not kept his words?"
What is happenning
14 BJP rebels are in Shirdi. G Janardhana Reddy is trying very hard to bring them back.
JDS is moving its MLAs to resorts around Bangalore to prevent poaching.
Congress is also moving some of its MLAs to resorts fearing poaching by Reddys.
Yeddyurappa has gone to the Raja-rajeshwari temple near Kannur in Kerala, perhaps seeking divine intervention.
The BJP has 116 MLAs in the 224 member assembly before the rebels withdrew support. While the opposition Congress has 73, the Janta Dal Secular 28 and six Independent MLAs.
If BJP splits (if all 14 rebels refuse to back down) its strength in the assembly will come down to 102 as against 107 by Congress (73), JDS (28) and Independents (6) put together.
The existing strength of the assembly will come down to 210 from 224. Half way mark would be 106. Even if the opposition forms a government, it will be a very weak. Unless they remove Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah, who is a hardcore BJP man, the opposition government may find it difficult to survive. But the removal of the Speaker looks impossible going by the strength of parties in the House.