Politic crisis deepens in K'taka as BJP ministers quit en masse

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Bangalore, Oct 2 (UNI) Political crisis in Karnataka deepened further with 17 Bharatiya Janata Party ministers, including Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, submitting their resignation letters en masse to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to 'pressurise' him to resign and pave the way for transfer of power to BJP tomorrow.

The ministers in a convoy of vehicles reached the Chief Minister's official residence 'Krishna' and submitted the letters after taking an unanimous decision to resign en masse.

Earlier, speaking to newsmen at Mr Yediyurappa's residence, Party Vice President and in charge of Karnataka, Yashwant Sinha said the decision was taken at a marathon meeting after the BJP's deadline to the Chief Minister to step down ended this evening. All the ministers submitted a one line resignation letter and they were put together along with a covering letter that explained their 'painful experience' during the last 20 months.

"Now it is for the Chief Minister to take next step," he added.

Replying to question on whether the party would withdraw its support to the government, he said if and when such a decision was taken it would be made known.

He denied the charge made by Mr Kumaraswamy that no one from BJP had contacted him to discuss the transfer of power and said he had spoken to the national President H D Devegowda and discussed the issue.

"Mr Yediyurappa had also met the Chief Minister yesterday prior to the start of the cabinet meeting and conveyed it to him the need to resign to pave way for transfer of power. "To us this (pre-government formation) agreement is sacrosanct," he added.

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