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    BS Yediyurappa assigns portfolios to 7 new ministers, shuffles 10 others leaving a few sulking

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    The CM has also made some changes in the existing portfolios. K Sudhakar who held two departments, has been divested of Medical Education and he is left with the Health department. J C Madhuswamy who was the Law and Parliamentary Affairs minister has been given Medical Education, while the department he previously held has been additionally given to home minister Basavaraj Bommai.

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    The Chief Minister has kept the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR), Cabinet Affairs, Finance, Bangalore Development, Energy, Intelligence, Planning, Programme Monitoring Statistics, Infrastructure Development and all unallocated portfolios with himself.
    Bengaluru: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa assigned portfolios to seven new ministers and shuffled portfolios of another 10 on Thursday morning a week after he expanded his 17-month old ministry leaving sections of them sulking.

    The day saw intense political activities as some ministers who were unhappy with the departments allocated to them held separate meetings and also met the chief minister to convey their disappointment.

    N Nagaraja (MTB), K Gopalaiah, JC Madhuswamy and K Sudhakar were among the ministers annoyed over their portfolios though each one has his own reason. Except Madhuswamy, the other three joined the BJP in 2019, and hoped to get plum portfolios.

    Nagaraja got the excise (liquor) department, a political markdown as he expected housing – a portfolio he had held in the previous JD(S)-Congress regime. His political calculations probably went wrong after he switched sides from the Congress to BJP as he first lost his assembly polls, and now the exercise portfolio has come like a bolt from the blue. He has now demanded housing, and told the media he has nothing much to do in the excise department.

    K Gopalaiah and JC Madhuswamy were cut up because they have landed new departments. Gopalaiah has been moved from food to horticulture, while Madhuswamy has been stripped of his pet minor irrigation department. He was keen on a department linked to agriculture. His law department has now been given to home minister Basavaraj Bommai as an additional portfolio.

    Madhuswamy has grudgingly accepted his new responsibility, saying he will respect the chief minister’s decision. The unhappy four skipped the cabinet meet on Thursday evening.

    When Yediyurappa gave Sudhakar health department too in addition to his medical education portfolio, recently, the media hailed it as a reward for the young minister’s deft handling of the Covid situation. He also had been working on grandiose plans for his twin departments, but Thursday’s divestment of medical education came as a blow to him.

    Senior legislator Umesh Katti is made in-charge of food and civil supplies, held earlier by Gopalaiah. Veteran MLA S Angara has got fisheries and ports inland transport, while CC Patil will head the small scale industries and information and public relations.

    Another senior MLA Aravind Limbavali has got forest, a sensitive department involving interplay of policies, regulations and legal cases, but he is said to be unhappy with it.

    CP Yogeshwar has got the portfolio he always aspired for – minor irrigation. He is credited to have built or strengthened minor irrigation tanks in his native Channapattana taluk. His elevation has not gone down well with many BJP MLAs.

    The chief minister is keeping a few plum departments such as finance, energy and Bengaluru city development with him.
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