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BJP to decide fate of two ministers shortly

india Updated: Aug 26, 2009 21:34 IST

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The ruling BJP in Karnataka on Wednesday said it would decide on retaining two ministers--one who lost the assembly bye-election and other chargesheeted by CBI--keeping in view the party's interests.

Social Welfare Minister D Sudhakar has been chargesheeted in connection with alleged cheating of a bank and Housing Minister V Somanna lost the August 18 assembly bypoll from Govindarajanagar constituency in Bangalore.

Somanna, who had quit the Congress and joined BJP, after resigning his assembly seat before the Lok Sabha polls, is not a member of the Legislative Council either.

The state unit office bearers meeting held here debated on the developments concerning Sudhakar, an independent MLA supporting the government and Somanna.

"We have discussed the issue at length.We will consult our national leaders including the party president Rajnath Singh, besides discussing it with senior leaders at the state level and take an appropriate decision keeping in mind the interests of the party", state unit BJP President D V Sadananda Gowda told reporters.

Party sources, however, said majority of the office bearers were of the firm view that both ministers should be asked to quit forthwith as their continuance would dent the image of the party and its government.

Sudhakar and three others were facing charges of securing housing loans in fictitious names to the tune of Rs seven crore.