New Delhi: In a show of strength, BS Yeddyurappa loyalist Jagadish Shettar on Sunday released a list of 52 supporting MLAs (including himself). The Yeddyurappa camp has been demanding that Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda be removed and be replaced by Shettar.
In a revolt, nine ministers, including Shettar himself, resigned from the Gowda government on Friday.
Although Gowda refused to accept their resignations, party sources now say that it is likely the BJP will make Shettar the deputy CM.
The BJP's Parliamentary unit is expected to decide this week whether to replace Gowda with Shettar.
Gowda was made the Chief Minister after Yeddyurappa was removed from the post following allegations of his involvement in the illegal mining scam in July 2011.
Ever since then, Yeddyurappa has been at loggerheads with the party high command, demanding that Gowda be removed and be replaced.
He is reportedly said to be keen that Shettar be made the Chief Minister.
The nine ministers who resigned on Friday
Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar
PWD Minister CM Udasi
Housing Minister V Sommanna
Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai
Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani
Animal Husbandry Minister Revu Naik Belamagi
Excise Minister MP Renukacharya
Agriculture Minister Umesh Katti
Udasi said that another minister, Raju Gowda would quit soon.