Bangalore: A day after ten loyalist of BS Yeddyurappa quit the ministry demanding Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda's removal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stepped up efforts to resolve the crisis in its ruling Karnataka unit.
BJP general secretary-in-charge of Karnataka affairs, Dharmendra Pradhan, is to arrive here on Saturday to bring the warring factions in the state unit together.
State BJP chief KS Eshwarappa has ruled out accepting the resignation of the ministers, who tried to pressurize the party central leaders to remove Gowda and make Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar as chief minister.
Shettar is among the ten who submitted the resignations to Gowda late on Friday.
"There is no question of accepting the resignations. Dharmendra Pradhan is arriving here later today (Saturday) and will talk to all concerned," Eshwarappa told reporters after a meeting with Gowda.
Besides Shettar, others who have resigned include CM Udasi (public works), Murugesh Nirani (industries), V Somanna (housing), Umesh Katti (agriculture), Basavaraj Bommai (water resources), Revu Naik Belamagi (libraries and animal husbandry) and MP Renukacharya (excise).