President of the Karnataka Janata Pakasha (KJP) B.S. Yeddyurappa has asked Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to step down for not preventing the notification of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal being issued.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the final order was not in favour of Karnataka and injustice had been done to farmers of the State. “The decision went against Karnataka owing to the negligence of the government while presenting its case in court,” he alleged.

Although Mr. Shettar presented the budget recently, the government would not be able to implement any of the promises made in it as the model code of conduct for elections to urban local bodies was in force. Immediately after that, the State would have to get ready for Assembly elections. “Although the government has lost its majority owing to the resignation of many legislators, Mr. Shettar is unwilling to resign,” he said.

The former Minister Shobha Karandlaje, the former legislator Chandrappa, KJP district unit president Ramesh and others were present.