Bengaluru news: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa to hand out portfolios today | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Chief minister BS Yediyurappa will allocate portfolios to the new cabinet members on Thursday morning. Legislators Umesh Katti, Aravind Limbavali, MTB Nagaraj, CP Yogeshwar, R Shankar, S Nagara and Murugesh Nirani were inducted into the cabinet on January 13.
“The list (of portfolios) is ready, and I will release it on Thursday morning,” Yediyurappa announced on Wednesday after a marathon meeting with officials.
Four ministers, who represent assembly constituencies in the tech capital, reportedly lobbied hard for the prestigious Bengaluru development portfolio on Wednesday, but Limbavali, a voice of the SC community who has strong backing of RSS, emerged as the frontrunner. “Either Limbavali will be made the Bengaluru development minister or Yediyurappa will retain the portfolio,” said a senior BJP functionary.
There has been a competition for the portfolio ever since Yediyurappa formed the cabinet in August 2019. Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan, revenue minister R Ashoka and housing minister V Somanna have been vying for it, according to BJP insiders. Limbavali, who represents the Mahadevapura assembly segment, is the latest addition to the field. “All four ministers have done everything possible to get charge of the department. Two approached the party top brass and RSS, while the other two have been making their case before the chief minister and his son, BY Vijayendra,” the BJP functionary said.
Last time, the party high command reportedly favoured Narayan, whom it viewed as a future leader. It changed its stance after objections from other senior ministers and some MLAs.
Ashoka has reportedly told Yediyurappa that he should be given the charge on the basis of seniority. Yelahanka legislator SR Viswanath, who is the chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), said that Yediyurappa should continue holding the portfolio. Bengaluru development has assumed political significance because of the upcoming BBMP polls.
“I will never compete with anybody. As such, Bengaluru is the tech capital and in my capacity as the IT minister, I will continue to contribute to its brand equity,” Narayan said.
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