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Feb 03, 2013 at 02:13pm IST

Karnataka crisis: No information about resignations of MLAs, says Governor HR Bhardwaj

Bangalore: In the latest twist in Karnataka government crisis, Governor HR Bhardwaj on Sunday denied having any information of 14 BJP MLAs resigning from the state government.

The Governor while speaking to reporters said, "The speaker will see me soon, I have already told you that no political party has given any info to me or about the resignations. The MLAs who have resigned also have not approached me, it's happening outside the Raj Bhavan."

Bhardwaj will address both houses of the Karnataka legislature on Monday, outlining the policy initiatives of the government for the year. "I am going to summon the house tomorrow and address the house," Bhardwaj said.

The BJP government is bracing itself to face the crucial budget session on Monday, the last one of the 13th Assembly term. The BJP government led by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, 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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