Yeddyurappa loyalists face BJP blow
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka on Saturday sacked Cooperative Minister B J Puttaswamy for alleged anti-party activities.
Pertinently Puttaswamy is a supporter of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.
Another Yeddyurappa loyalist G.Basavaraj, a Lok Sabha MP from Tumkur, was suspended from the party.
Chief minister Jagadish Shettar and state BJP chief KS Eshwarappa made the formal announcement about their decision here on Saturday.
The BJP blow to Yeddyurappa loyalists came a day head of the leader launching his own political party Karnataka Janata Party (KPP) on Sunday.
Yeddyurappa on Nov 30 formally quit the BJP.
He also resigned from the Karnataka Assembly.
The 70-year-old leader submitted his resignation to Speaker KG Bopaiah at the state secretariat and reportedly asked him to accept it immediately.
On July 31 last year, Yeddyurappa was forced to resign as chief minister of Karnataka after he was indicted by the then Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hedge in the illegal mining report.
He and his family members were named by Hegde in what was called a Rs 16,000 crore illegal mining scam.
Yeddyurappa walked out of jail on November 8 last year on bail.
The veteran leader is credited to bringing the BJP to power in Karnataka.