Sat, 08 Dec 2012 20:00:00 GMT | By IANS

BJP sacks Karnataka minister, suspends MP to hit at Yeddyurappa

The party intends to deter its ministers and legislators from flocking to its former leader BS Yeddyurapapa


Karnataka minister sacked, MP suspended (© Reuters)

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.

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