Reshuffle stirs hornet’s nest
Bengaluru: A week after seven Legislators were inducted into his Cabinet, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa allotted portfolios to them after a minor reshuffle of portfolios among his other Cabinet Ministers.
As per the list of portfolios sent to Raj Bhavan which was given assent by Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala this morning, Umesh Katti has got Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, S. Angara has been allotted Fisheries, Ports and Inland Transport, Aravind Limbavali – Forest, Murugesh Nirani – Mines and Geology, MTB Nagaraj – Excise, R. Shankar – Municipal Administration and Sericulture and C.P. Yogeeshwar has been allocated Minor Irrigation portfolio.
Soon after the portfolios were allotted, the first rumbling within the Cabinet began with Minister J.C. Madhuswamy expressing his displeasure over the change in portfolio. He has been shifted from Law and Parliamentary Affairs to Medical Education Department and Kannada and Culture Department.
“I am unhappy over portfolio allocation but I have not yet decided to tender my resignation. I had expected a different portfolio though Medical Education is a good responsibility. It would have been better if I had got a portfolio that enabled me to work amidst people,” he said.
As expected, Yediyurappa has retained Bengaluru Development portfolio as four Ministers, who represent different Assembly Constituencies in the tech capital, had lobbied hard for the prestigious portfolio. Bengaluru Development has assumed political significance because of the upcoming elections to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
There has been a competition for this particular portfolio and Deputy Chief Minister Dr. C.N. Ashwathnarayan, Revenue Minister R. Ashok and Housing Minister V. Somanna were vying for it. Ultimately, Aravind Limbavali, a voice of the SC community who has strong backing of RSS, had emerged as the frontrunner for Bengaluru Development.
To get this coveted portfolio, two Ministers had approached the party top brass and RSS while the other two made their case before the CM and his influential son B.Y. Vijayendra. But finally, CM Yediyurappa has retained the portfolio for himself.
The seven Ministers who were allocated portfolios today had joined the Yediyurappa Cabinet on Jan.13. While Umesh Katti, Murugesh Nirani, S. Angara and Aravind Limbavali are MLAs, MTB Nagaraj, R. Shankar and C.P. Yogeeshwar are MLCs. The new list of Ministers and their portfolios is as below:
B.S. Yediyurappa, Chief Minister: Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR), Cabinet Affairs, Finance Department, Bengaluru Development, Energy Department, Intelligence from Home Department, Planning, Programme Monitoring and Statistics Department, Infrastructure Development Department and all unallocated portfolios.
Umesh Vishwanath Katti: Food, Civil Supplies and Consumers Affairs Department
S. Angara: Fisheries Department; Ports and Inland Water Transport Department
Basavaraj Bommai: Home Department excluding Intelligence; Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Legislation Department
J.C. Madhuswamy: Medical Education Department from Health and Family Welfare Department; Kannada and Culture Department
Chandrakantagouda Channappagouda Patil: Small Scale Industries from Industries and Commerce Department; Information and Public Relations Department
Aravind Limbavali: Forest Department
Murugesh Rudrappa Nirani: Mines and Geology Department
N. Nagaraj (MTB Nagaraj): Excise Department
Kota Srinivas Poojari: Muzrai Department from Revenue Department; Backward Classes Welfare Department
Dr. K. Sudhakar: Health and Family Welfare Department (excluding Medical Education)
Anand Singh: Tourism Department; Environment and Ecology Department
C.P. Yogeeshwar: Minor Irrigation Department from Water Resources Department
Prabhu Chauhan: Animal Husbandry Department
Arabail Hebbar Shivaram: Labour Department
R. Shankar: Municipal Administration Department; Sericulture Department
K. Gopalaiah: Horticulture Department; Sugarcane Development and Directorate of Sugar from Industries and Commerce Department
K.C. Narayana Gowda: Youth Empowerment and Sports Department; Haj and Wakf Department.