Bangalore: Rajnath Singh, the new president of the BJP, has his first challenge ready and waiting for him. The BJP government in Karnataka, which spasms into near-collapse every few months, is again in crisis mode.
Here's your 10-point cheatsheet to this big story:
- Two ministers have resigned this morning. CM Udasi and Shobha Karandlaje are likely to defect to the new party founded by BS Yeddyurappa, who quit the BJP late last year.
- Another 14 state legislators say they want to quit the government but the Speaker of the Assembly, KG Bopaiah, is traveling abroad.
- The rebels say this is a ruse by the BJP and the chief minister, Jagadish Shettar, to hold onto them.
- Even if their resignations are accepted, the government will not fall. 18 legislators must quit for that to happen.
- The dissidents want to embarrass the BJP and chief minister Jagadish Shettar ahead of the Budget Session scheduled to start in the first week of February.
- Mr Yeddyurappa formed the Karnataka Janata Party or KJP in December after a long and public battle with the BJP over its refusal to confer an important post on him.
- He was forced to resign as chief minister in July 2011 after he was indicted for corruption in a report on illegal mining.
- Mr Yeddyurappa has also been accused in a series of cases of misusing his term as chief minister for sweetheart land deals for his family.
- The BJP was elected to power for the first time in South India in 2009 in Karnataka.
- The state votes in the next few months for its next government.