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In a first, Karnataka to have 3 deputy chief ministers as Yediyurappa allocates portfolios

Savadi, One Of The Deputy CMs, Is Neither A Member Of The Assembly Nor The Council And His Induction Had Created Resentment Among Several Senior BJP MLAs.

PTI | Updated on: 26 Aug 2019, 09:11:56 PM
Govind Karjol, Ashwath Narayan, Laxman Savadi are the three deputy chief ministers of Karnataka (Photo: Twitter/@CMofKarnataka)


In a first, Karnataka will have three Deputy Chief Ministers as Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday allocated portfolios to 17 newly appointed ministers who were inducted into the cabinet nearly a week ago. Among the three Deputy Chief Ministers are Govind Karjol, who has also been given the charge of PWD and Socialwelfare; Ashwath Narayan the portfolio of Higher Education, IT & BT, Science and Technology; and Laxman Savadi with Transport department. Basavaraj Bommai gets the Home portfolio.

While Jagadish Shettar, a former Chief Minister, has been made the Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, two former Deputy Chief Ministers, K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, have been given the charge of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, and Revenue Department respectively.

Senior ST leader B Sriramulu is the Health and Family Welfare Minister, while S Suresh Kumar, a Brahmin, has been given the charge of Primary and Secondary Education, along with Sakala.

Portfolios of other ministers include- V Somanna (Housing), C T Ravi (Tourism, Kannada and Culture), Basavaraj Bommai (Home), Kota Shrinivas Poojari (Muzrai, Fisheries, Ports and Inland Transport), J C Madhuswamy (Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislation, Minor Irrigation).

CC Patil has been allotted Mines and Geology, H Nagesh (Excise), Prabhu Chavan (Animal Husbandry), and Shahsikala Jolle (Women and Child Development). Interestingly, Savadi, who has been made the Deputy Chief Minister, is neither a member of the Assembly nor the Council. His induction into the cabinet had created resentment among several senior BJP legislators.

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First Published : 26 Aug 2019, 09:11:56 PM