Battle lines

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 08, 2012 18:58 hrs

pStung by B S Yeddyurappa&rsquos decision to form his own party &ndash Karnataka Janata Party KJP &ndash six months before the Assembly election in the state Bharatiya Janata Party BJP leaders are punishing the former Karnataka chief minister&rsquos supporters The first to face the ire of the BJP top leaders was G S Basavaraj member of Parliament MP from Karnataka who has been suspended from the BJP on charges of making anti-party statements Another close aide of Yeddyurappa Cooperative Minister B J Puttaswamy was removed from the top post on similar charges Yeddyurappa claims that he has the support of more than 40 BJP MLAs who are willing to join the KJP The former chief minister is scheduled to launch his party on December 9p

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