Karnataka: Seven new entrants get berths in chop & change operation | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Over a week after expanding his 17-month-old cabinet, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday allocated portfolios to seven new ministers in a minor reshuffle.
Despite pressure from several ministers, he retained energy and the much-coveted Bengaluru development. It appears to be a clear message that he’s firmly in control.

Yediyurappa divested JC Madhuswamy of law and parliamentary affairs and minor irrigation and allocated him medical education as well as Kannada & culture departments. Home minister Basavaraj Bommai takes charge of law and parliamentary affairs.
K Sudhakar, who held two departments, also seemed unhappy since he has been divested of medical education and is now in charge of health. He had fought hard to retain both departments at the peak of the pandemic about three months ago.
Madhuswamy skips cabinet meet
Madhuswamy, who had put up a strong defence of the government in the legislature especially during the crisis following the resignation of 17 Congress-JD(S) members in 2019, skipped the cabinet meeting citing other programmes.
Murugesh R Nirani, keen on industries and energy departments, has been allocated mines and geology ministry while Arvind Limbavali has been given forest ministry. Anand Singh has been given tourism in addition to environment and ecology.
Umesh V Katti got food, civil supplies and consumer affairs from K Gopalaiah, who will now be in-charge of horticulture and sugar departments. R Shankar has been made minister for municipal administration and sericulture and KC Narayana Gowda has been given youth empowerment, sports, haj and wakf departments. MTB Nagaraj got the excise department and S Angara fisheries, ports and inland transport. Yediyurappa’s loyalist CC Patil has been given small scale industries and information and public relations departments. Only CP Yogeshwar, facing the fury of disgruntled MLAs, got what he aspired for – minor irrigation.
Opposition leader in the legislative council, Kota Srinivas Poojari, has been given muzrai and backward classes welfare department. Haj and wakf departments have been taken from animal husbandry minister Prabhu Chauhan, while labour minister A Shivaram Hebbar has been divested of sugar department.
Yediyurappa inducted seven ministers on January 13 but dropped H Nagesh, who held the excise portfolio. The cabinet strength now is 34.

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