Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Yeddyurappa drops 4 ministers
In a last ditch attempt to save his government, Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa has dropped four ministers in order to accommodate the rebels who have been camping in Chennai and threatening to bring down the government.
The CM who will address the media in a short while has decided to drop D Sudhakar, Venkat Ramanappa, Narendra Swamy and Shivraj from the cabinet. This is seen as bid to accommodate the rebel MLAs who are now likely to be given a Cabinet portfolio.
The decision comes in the wake of the rebels threatening to resign and reduce the government to a minority. Yeddyurappa must have at least 113 MLAs in order to save his government. One of the rebel MLAs Shankar Linge Gowda had already met with the Governor of Karnataka and conveyed to him that 8 MLAs from the BJP were ready to quit. The JD(S) which smelt an opportunity had also met with the Governor stating that they should be given the first preference to form an alternative government in Karnataka.
The decision to drop the four independent MLAs will now be conveyed through Home Minister R Ashok to the rebel MLAs who are camping at a resort in Chennai.