In escalation of factional feud in ruling BJP in Karnataka,seven ministers and six MLAs loyal to state BJP strongman B S Yeddyurappa tonight handed over their resignations to him,pressing for leadership change in the state and triggering a fresh bout of crisis in the state unit of the party.
The Yeddyurappa loyalists,who have been pressing their demand after Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda complained to BJP President Nitin Gadkari about the “anti-party” activities indulged in by some ministers,have decided to come out of the ministry,sources in Yeddyurappa camp said.
Ministers Shobha Karandlaje,Basavaraj Bommai,Umesh Katti,C M Udasi,V Somanna,M P Renukacharya and Murugesh Nirani submitted their resignation letters to Yeddyurappa this evening,they said.
“Our leader is free to take any decision on our resignation. Since we have been accused of indulging in anti-party activities,though we have not done anything,we chose to quit”,one of the ministers said.