Won't topple BJP government: BS Yeddyurappa

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Bangalore, Jan 16: Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said on Tuesday that he would not threaten the Jagadish Shettar government in the state and allow the latter to complete the last couple of months remaining in its tenure. Yeddyurappa, who currently heads Karnataka Janatha Party (KJP) after pulling out of the BJP recently, said he did not want to earn a bad name by toppling the government.

The Lingayat strongman said in Hassan that he wasn't in favour of setting any deadline for the state government, adding that he did not have any faith in the latter. He said pulling it down might earn him a bad name for he accused the BJP leaders of conspiring against him.

Some of Yeddyurappa's supporters, however, firmly believed that no matter what stand the leader had taken, the government would collapse by the end of Jan. Haveri MLA Neharu Olekar said about 20-22 MLAs would give their resignation letter to the speaker on Jan 23 for quite a few BJP legislators were in favour of joining the KJP.

He said there was no question of giving up the intention to destabilise the BJP government in the state. He said it would be turned into a minority once the MLAs who are eager to join the KJP resign from their posts. The MLA also said that minister Shobha Karandlaje, MP Renukacharya and others would also resign on Jan 23.

KJP leader V Dhananjay Kumar also said that the Shettar government's days were numbered and asked the Governor not to allow it to submit a budget, saying it had lost the confidence of the MLAs.

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