MANGALORE: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, whose government is facing a serious crisis following rebellion by a section of BJP MLAs, today sacked two more dissident ministers.
Talking to reporters here, Yeddyurappa said he had recommended to Governor H R Bharadwaj to drop minister for Municipal Administration Balachandra Jarakihole and Minister for Fisheries Anand Asnotikar from the Ministry.
With this, the number of dissident ministers dropped from the ministry since yesterday after 19 MLAs withdrew support to his Government, has risen to six.
Yesterday, the Chief Minister had axed four ministers.
However, Yeddyurappa chose not to drop dissident Excise Minister M P Renukacharya, who is spearheading the dissident group.
Later, Yeddyurappa left for Kannur district in Kerala to offer prayers at the Rajarajeshwari temple.
In another development, the BJP high command has deputed senior leader Venkaiah Naidu to defuse the crisis and save the tottering first-ever BJP Government in the South.
The BJP government in the state has been rocked by the action of 19 MLAs–14 from BJP and five Independents–who revolted against Yeddyurappa’s leadership dissatisfied with the recent cabinet expansion and gave a letter to the Governor withdrawing support to him.
After the revolt, Yeddurappa had met Bharadwaj and told him he was ready to face the trial of strength on October 11, one day ahead of the deadline set by the Governor for the 29-month-old government.
Yeddyurappa has expressed confidence of proving the majority enjoyed by his government.(PTI)