BENGALURU: After a long suspense, portfolios were allotted to 17 newly inducted ministers on Monday by chief minister BSYediyurappa, who also designated three ministers as deputy chief ministers. The three are Govind Maktappa, who would handle the money-spinning Public Works Depatment, Ashwath Narayan who will handle the higher education department, and Laksman Sawadi who will handle transport.
The party’s central leadership wants to groom successors to Yediyurappa, who is 76 years old, and zealously maintains the support of his Lingayat community. He has a tag of corruption and faced related cases in the past.
Basavraj Bommai gets the home portfolio, while former CM Jagadish Shettar gets the Industries portfolio and former deputy CMs KS Ishwarappa and R Ashoka too get plum portfolios. The first will be holding panchayat raj and rural development, while the second takes revenue portfolio.
Chief minister Yediyurappa had gone through some tense moments. He waited for word from central leadership for allocation of portfolios, and reached upto Delhi, but Amit Shah did not grant him time for a meeting. The CM reportedly went to the RSS leadership to complain about Shah, following which Yediyurappa could talk to Shah over phone.
Shah advised Yediyurappa to return to Karnataka rather than wasting time in Delhi, and take his own decisions regarding portfolio allocations. Shah also reportedly advised Yediyurappa not to frequent Delhi and instead concentrate on the state’s governance. Yediyurappa, on his part, is reported to have threatened the central leadership that if push comes to shove, he would break up the party and carry a section with him.
It is widely perceived that the BJP is keen on grooming a popular leader to replace ageing Yediyurappa. IHN-NN
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