BSY loyalist K'taka minister sacked, another suspended

The BJP government in Karnataka has struck a blow on supporters of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa by sacking cooperation minister BJ Puttaswamy and suspending Lok Sabha member G Basavaraj from the party. The decision was announced by chief minister Jagadish Shettar and state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief KS Eshwarappa. While addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Shettar told reporters that Puttaswamy had been dropped over indisciplinary charges.