Hours after BS Yediyurappa assigns Karnataka portfolios, ministers complain

Hours after BS Yediyurappa assigns Karnataka portfolios, ministers complain

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa today allocated portfolios to the seven new inductees and also effected a reshuffle of the departments of some ministers.

Among the new ministers, Umesh Katti gets the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs while S Angara has been given Fisheries, Ports and Inland Transport.

Murugesh Nirani will be the Mines and Geology minister and Arvind Limbavali gets Forest Department, according to an official gazette notification issued in this regard with the consent of the Governor.

Among the others, R Shankar gets Municipal Administration and Sericulture portfolio while MTB Nagaraj would be the Excise Minister and CP Yogeshwar in charge of Minor Irrigation department.

In a significant reshuffle, JC Madhuswamy has been divested of Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Legislation and Minor Irrigation portfolios and allocated Medical Education, Kannada and Culture departments.

Mr Madhuswamy was the key minister who used to put up a strong defence of the government in the Assembly.

At least three ministers – KC Narayana Gowda, N Nagaraju (M.T.B) and K Gopalaiah – met at health minister K Sudhakar’s residence on Thursday to discuss how they can convey their displeasure to the chief minister.

Troubles continue to mount for Yediyurappa post the portfolio distribution, which the 77-year- old chief minister had hoped would quell dissent within his government.

Newly inducted ministers and others who have been stripped of portfolios to accommodate new members have started to openly express their concerns, compounding problems for Yediyurappa.

N Nagaraju (M.T.B) today said that he was unhappy with the excise portfolio, indicating that it appeared as a downgrade in profile as he had earlier served as housing minister in the coalition government.

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