Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday stepped up heat on the BJP leadership by setting a July five deadline for removing Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda and replacing him with his nominee Jagadish Shettar.
In a show of strength, Yeddyurappa loyalist Jagadish Shettar on Sunday released a list of 52 supporting MLAs.
The Chief Minister will head for Delhi for a meeting with the BJP president Nitin Gadkari and other top leaders.
Stepping up the heat two days after after nine ministers, loyal to former chief minister Yeddyurappa, quit the Karnataka cabinet, his camp released a list of 52 MLAs who attended Sunday's meeting held at the residence of Shettar and rallied behind him in a show of strength.
Eight Lok Sabha members from the state and at least 15 MLCs also attended the meeting, Raju Gowda, who was among the ministers who resigned, told reporters.
"We have unanimously decided to appeal to the high-command to make Shettar the Chief inister," he