Multi-shuffle: BS Yediyurappa tweaks Karnataka cabinet fourth time in five days | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The cabinet expansion was completed on January 21 with seven entrants, but the reshuffle continues. On Monday, chief minister BS Yediyurappa redistributed ministerial portfolios for the fourth time in five days. Such is the push and pull for desired departments that the CM changed two ministers’ berths twice in a span of four hours on Monday alone after announcing them.
As of tonight, health minister K Sudhakar has retained medical education which he was divested of on January 21. JC Madhuswamy, who has been relieved of law & parliamentary affairs, minor irrigation, medical education Kannada & culture, tourism, and ecology & environment in the last three reallocations has been finally given minor irrigation — the ministry he has been angling for since day one.

‘CM should have consulted all mins’
CP Yogeshwar, who had been allotted minor irrigation has been reassigned tourism and ecology & environment. The almost daily change of portfolios, after a cabinet expansion that was deliberated over several months, has questions about Yediyurappa’s leadership.
“The CM is setting an unhealthy trend. These changes are sending a message that the CM and the party bow down to pressure and he has no control over his cabinet. He should have consulted all ministers before allocating the portfolios,” said a senior party functionary. “We all know Yediyurappa is under obligation to meet demands of the migrant ministers for helping him become the CM but not at the cost of the image of the party and the government.”
On January 21, Yediyurappa carried out his first reshuffle and amid discord and resentment among the ministers, reshuffled responsibilities the very next day. If that reflected badly, he was forced to reshuffle portfolios twice on Monday. Ahead of Sudhakar, Madhuswamy and Singh, ministers K Gopalaiah, MTB Nagaraj, R Shankar and KC Narayana Gowda — all new entrants to BJP — had got their portfolios changed by pressuring the CM. Even so, there is no peace yet. Anand Singh and two other ministers are said to be unhappy, and planning to meet Yediyurappa on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, the decision to give back the medical education portfolio to Sudhakar has come as a huge relief for those in Covid-19 management, hamstrung as they were due to lack of coordination in the beginning when Sudhakar held sole charge of medical education and B Sriramulu was health minister. In October last year, the CM reallocated the health portfolio to Sudhakar for better coordination between the two departments and made Sriramulu the social welfare minister. The decision was well-received among health officials and doctors who are part of the pandemic fight but last week medical education was withdrawn from Sudhakar and the portfolio was reassigned to Madhuswamy, leaving both miffed.
The latest move comes as the state is in the thick of the Covid vaccination drive, prompting concerns that separate commands for two closely linked departments may once again lead to lack of cohesion and political one-upmanship.
Retired IAS officer Madan Gopal, who served as principal secretary of health department, had tweeted against the CM’s decision to split the two crucial departments.

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