BJP sacks Karnataka minister, suspends MP to hit at Yeddyurappa
New Delhi: The ruling BJP in Karnataka Saturday sacked Cooperation Minister B.J. Puttaswamy from the cabinet and suspended Lok Sabha member G.S. Basavaraj from the party, in a bid to deter its ministers and legislators from flocking to its former leader B.S. Yeddyurapapa.
The action came a day ahead of Yeddyurappa formally launching his Karnataka Janata Party at a public meeting in Haveri, about 350 km north of Bangalore. He quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and assembly Nov 30.
The disciplinary action against the two light-weight BJP members was announced here by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and state BJP chief K.S. Eshwarappa after a meeting with party chief Nitin Gadkari late Friday.
Basavaraj is a former Congressman. He joined BJP before the last Lok Sabha election in 2009 and represents Tumkur, about 70 km from Bangalore. Puttaswamy, who is a member of the legislative council, is a former Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) activist.