No crisis in Karnataka, says BJP president Rajnath Singh

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New Delhi, Jan 28: Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar met BJP president Rajnath Singh on Monday and spoke over the political situation in the southern state after 13 MLAs loyal to rebel leader BS Yeddyurappa decided to quit, endangering the government.

However, Singh, who recently took over from Nitin Gadkari, said there was no crisis in Karnataka and the BJP government there would complete its full term. The BJP formed its first government in southern India when it came to power in Karnataka in 2008. Yeddyurappa was the first BJP chief minister.

Shettar, the third CM to head the state government in five years, said the meeting was a courtesy call and he sought blessings from the new party president. The meeting occurred after Singh warned Shettar against compromising on the BJP's principles even if that threatened the survival of the government in Karnataka.

It may be mentioned here that 13 MLAs loyal to Yeddyrurappa, who is currently the president of the Karnataka Janata Party, had gone to meet assembly Speaker KG Bopaiah to submit their resignation but since the latter was not present, they submitted their papers to Governor HR Bhardwaj.

The BJP has 117 members (excluding the Speaker) in the 224-member assembly. The Congress has 71 members while the JDS has 26. The house has seven Independents while one member is nominated. Two seats are vacant.

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