Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday indicated that he’ll allocate portfolios to seven newly inducted Ministers into his cabinet on January 21. Speculations are rife that the Chief Minister might reallocate portfolios to sure different Ministers within the cabinet whose power is now 33.
“I’ll announce (portfolios) on Thursday. I’ll maintain a session with everybody tomorrow and announce on Thursday,” Yediyurappa informed reporters in response to a query.
Ending a protracted wait, Yediyurappa had expanded his 17- month outdated cabinet on January 13, by inducting seven ministers as he additionally dropped Excise Minister H Nagesh from the ministry.
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The new Ministers who have been sworn-in have been: MLAs Umesh Katti (Hukkeri), S Angara (Sullia), Murugesh Nirani (Bilgi) and Arvind Limbavali (Mahadevapura), and MLCs R Shankar, M T B Nagaraj and C P Yogeshwar.
The cabinet enlargement had led to resentment, with a number of MLAs expressing severe reservations about MLCs not elected by the folks being made Ministers, lack of illustration with most Ministers nonetheless from Bengaluru and Belagavi districts, and likewise on their “seniority or sacrifice” not being thought of.
Amid talks of reallocation of portfolios, how Yediyurappa manages it is going to be fascinating as a number of Ministers together with the new inductees are on the lookout for plum portfolios.
While a number of Ministers have two portfolios, the Chief Minister together with Finance has Bangalore Development, Energy, Planning, DPAR, Information & Public Relations, Small Scale Industries, Backward Class Welfare Department, Tourism, Kannada and Culture, Youth Empowerment and Sports Department.
Among these with the CM, Bangalore Development and Energy are mentioned to be probably the most wanted ones.