Karnataka CM sacks three ministers

Ahead of cabinet reshuffle and expansion of the 32-month-old BJP Ministry tomorrow, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa sacked three ministers, including Gulihatti D Shekar, who had threatened to commit suicide if axed.

Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 23:53 PM IST

Bangalore: Ahead of cabinet reshuffle and
expansion of the 32-month-old BJP Ministry tomorrow, Karnataka
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa sacked three ministers,
including Gulihatti D Shekar, who had threatened to commit
suicide if axed.

The ministers who have been dropped are Shivana Gouda Naik
(Adult Education) and Aravinda Limbaval (Higher Education)
besides Shekar (Sports).

Governor H R Bhardwaj has accepted the recommendation of
Yeddyurappa to drop the three ministers, a Raj Bhavan
communique said.

The sacking of the ministers came amidst threats of
suicide by Shekar and of resignation to their membership by
some MLAs, who are lobbying for ministerial berths.

Earlier in the day, Yeddyurappa announced that he would
undertake the much awaited reshuffle of the 31-member ministry
tomorrow.

The sacking was preceded by high drama when a supporter of
Shekar threatened to consume poison from a bottle he was
carrying in front of Health Minister B Sreeramulu`s house but
police intervened and stopped him.

A group of supporters of Limbavali stopped Yeddyurappa`s
entourage while he was on his way for a cabinet meeting,
protesting against his removal.

Supporters of C T Ravi, a ministerial aspirant, who had
sent his resignation from assembly membership to party
President, pelted stones at a bus at Hiremagalur in
Chikmagalur district, demanding a ministerial berth for him.

Shekar had yesterday threatened to commit suicide if
dropped from the ministry, while Naik has said he would resign
his assembly membership.

Tourism Minister G Janardhana Reddy, who was the rallying
point for dissidents last year, has opposed dropping of
independents, including Shekar, and also Naik, who quit JD-S
and joined BJP in 2008.

PTI