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Yeddy-loyalist minister sacked, MP suspended

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New Delhi/Belgaum: Ahead of the launch of B S Yeddyurappa’s party, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar today cracked the whip sacking Cooperative Minister B J Puttaswamy, a loyalist of the former Chief Minister, from the cabinet. The state BJP also suspended Yeddyurappa’s staunch supporter and Tumkur MP G S Basavaraj from the party and issued show cause notices to both Puttaswamy and Basavaraj.

“As a disciplinary measure, Puttaswamy has been dropped from the cabinet. He participated in so many meetings of the new party and campaigned for the new party. So, it is indiscipline in the party’s view. I have already sent the letter to the Governor to drop him from the cabinet,” Shettar told reporters in Delhi. In Belgaum, Puttaswamy said the decision to remove him from the cabinet was “unethical and undemocratic”.

“It is unethical and undemocratic. If he (Shettar) would have asked me to resign, I would have done so willingly. I have done good work as a minister by bringing reforms in the cooperative department,” Puttaswamy said.

Party state unit President and Deputy Chief Minister Easwarappa announced the decision to suspend Basavaraj from the party.

“In Karnataka, we are giving importance to discipline. One Lok Sabha member from Tumkur, Basavaraj… he is violating the party discipline. We all the core leaders from Karnataka sat with the national leaders and we have taken the decision to suspend Basavaraj,” Easwarappa said.

The decision came a day after about 23 legislators and 7 ministers attended the breakfast meet hosted by Yeddyurappa, who quit BJP recently, in solidarity with him. Ministers C M Udasi, Murugesh Nirani, M P Renukacharya, V Somanna, B J Puttaswamy, Shobha Karandlaje and Umesh Katti and about two dozen legislators were present at the Belgaum meeting. Yeddyurappa, who parted ways with the BJP after a 40-year association, is all set to launch his Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) from Haveri town in north Karnataka tomorrow and hopes to become the Chief Minister again after the next Assembly polls.

Shettar and Easwarappa, who met senior BJP leaders including President Nitin Gadkari, also warned of strong action against Yeddyurappa’s other loyalists. Former Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and party’s national leader Ananth Kumar were also present in the meeting.

Yeddyurappa, who has claimed the support of 30 BJP legislators and ministers, warned the BJP leadership against acting against MLAs, Ministers and MPs who support him. (PTI)

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