Facing fresh turmoil, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar today said BJP central leaders will take a decision on December 12 on initiating action against MLAs who defied the party and shared dais with B S Yeddyurappa at the launch of his new outfit.

“The BJP central leaders will take a decision at a December 12 meeting,” Shettar told reporters here, a day after 13 MLAs threw their lot behind Yeddyurappa at the Haveri rally, raising questions about the stability of government.

Ignoring the warning of action, MLAs loyal to Yeddyurappa, who broke his 40-year-old association with BJP 11 days ago, showed open defiance, putting the BJP in a quandary.

Reacting to the Opposition demand to dissolve the Assembly, Shettar said there is no question of Assembly dissolution.

Higher Education Minister C.T. Ravi alleged that Yeddyurappa is having a “secret pact” with Congress as he has not stated anything against it.

Ravi said the formation of KJP will not affect BJP’s prospects in future. “BJP cannot be weakened by anyone (who leaves the party),” he added.

(This article was published on December 10, 2012)
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