Bangalore : Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj on Wednesday asked Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to prove his majority in the state Assembly on or before October 12 after 19 rebel MLAs submitted letters withdrawing support to the BJP Government.
According to a communication from the Governor's office, Mr Bhardwaj today received letters from 14 BJP and five independent MLAs, withdrawing their support to the government.
Taking into consideration the letters, the Governor "has requested the Chief Minister to prove that he still continues to command the support of the majority of members of the legislative Assembly by introducing and getting passed a suitable motion expressing confidence in the government, in the Assembly on or before October 12 by 5 p.m.," it said.
The MLAs who have withdrawn their support included seven ministers in the government, the communication said.
Four of the ministers -- D Sudhakar, Venkataramanappa, Narendra Swamy and Shivaraj Tangadagi -- were later dropped on the advice of the chief minister, it said.
The other ministers who withdrew their support are M P Renukacharya (Excise), Gopalakrishna Beluru and Anand Asnotikar (Fisheries and Ports) and Balachandra Jarkiholi (Municipalities and Local Bodies).
Earlier on Wednesday day, Mr Yeddyurappa had warned the rebel MLAs that he would seek their disqualification from Assembly if they "failed" to take back by this evening the letter submitted to the Governor withdrawing support to his government.
Janardhana Reddy airdashes to Chennai
Meanwhile, Karnataka Tourism Minister and mining magnate G Janardhana Reddy arrived in Chennai today to hold talks with the dissidents who were camping in the city.
Mr Reddy arrived here by a special flight and was holding talks with the rebel MLAs in the VIP lounge, airport sources said.
Shortly after Mr Reddy’s arrival, Tamil Nadu BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan also went to the airport.
Earlier, the rebel MLAs, who were said to be staying in a star hotel, arrived at the airport by a van.