Basavakalyan (Karnataka): Serving anxious moments to the BJP government in Karnataka, party MLA Basavaraj Patil Attur, a known loyalist of former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on December 28 announced that he would resign his assembly membership. The announcement by Attur, a former Minister, came a day after Shettar and other BJP leaders dismissed the threat to government and also took a dig at the January 4 deadline set by KJP supremo Yeddyurappa.
"I have decided to quit my assembly membership. I will be sending my resignation letter to the Speaker KG Bopaiah by fax on December 28 and meet him in person on January 5, 2013", Attur told the press here in the company of Yeddyurappa.
Yeddyurappa said Attur will be the KJP candidate for the Basavakalyana assembly constituency in the 2013 election. In the event of Attur's resignation accepted, the strength of the ruling BJP in the 224-member assembly comes down to 117 (including Speaker). Congress has 71, JDS 26, IND 7 and three vacant.
Yeddyurappa has already declared that his party would meet in Bangalore on January 4 to decide the fate of the Shettar ministry, the resignation of which he has been demanding. There is no word yet from Yeddyurappa that how many MLAs and ministers will oblige him by resigning their membership ahead of the assembly polls expected to be held by April-May 2013.