Bangalore, June 30 (IBNS): Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president K. S. Eshwarappa on Saturday said the resignations of nine ministers, who are loyal to former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, will not be accepted.
The BJP-led Karanataka government plunged into a crisis on Friday with nine ministers loyal to Yeddyurappa quitting the ministry demanding replacement of chief minister Sadananda Gowda.
“There is no question of accepting the resignation of the Ministers,” Eshwarappa told reporters on Saturday.
He said the party will talk to the rebelling ministers and know about their demands.
Meanwhile, Gowda on Saturday said he had discussions with BJP's Karnataka in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday night.
"I had a brief discussion with Pradhan last night," Gowda said. "They have expressed that everything will be resolved smoothly."
He met Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj on Saturday to discuss the Budget session.
At least nine ministers resigned shortly after a threat by Yeddyurappa loyalists to change the CM.
The followers of Yeddyurappa had been putting pressure on the BJP central leadership to appoint Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar in the place of Sadananda Gowda.
"We will quit in the evening or sit as different group," said pro-Yeddyurappa MLA B P Harish earlier.
At least ten ministers in the Gowda government had threatened to resign earlier.
Dharmendra Pradhan will arrive in Bangalore on Saturday to find a solution to the ongoing crisis faced by the state government.
Yeddyurappa, the powerful south-Indian leader of BJP, on July 31 last year was forced to resign as the Chief Minister of Karnataka after he was indicted by the then Karnataka Lokayukta N antosh Hedge in the illegal mining report.
Sadanand Gowda was made the CM.
Yeddyurappa and his family members were named by Hegde in what was called a Rs 16,000 crore illegal mining scam.