MLAs from Malnad aspiring to become Ministers in new Cabinet

May 18, 2023 07:17 pm | Updated 07:17 pm IST - Shivamogga

Following the Congress party’s decision to form the government under Siddaramaiah’s leadership in the State, legislators have begun lobbying for Cabinet berths. As the number of MLAs elected on the party ticket this time is higher than in previous elections, the process to finalise the list of Ministers would be tricky.

In the Malnad region, the Congress has improved its strength since the last elections, and hence party workers are aspiring for more Ministerial berths. The Congress has won three seats in Shivamogga, and all three are in the race for Cabinet berths. Madhu Bangarappa, who heads the party’s Backward Classes’ wing, is hoping for a prime portfolio, according to his followers. Madhu Bangarappa has been elected to the Assembly for the second time. Earlier, he represented the JD(S) in 2013. 

Belur Gopalakrishna, a three-time MLA from Sagar, is also an aspirant. On the last two occasions, he was elected on the BJP ticket. Both Mr. Madhu and Mr. Belur Gopalakrishna belong to the Ediga community, and it is expected that one of them might get a place in the Cabinet. B.K. Sangameshwara, a Lingayat, has been elected for the fourth time from the Bhadravati constituency. 

In Chikkamagaluru, considered a strong bastion of the BJP, the party has won all five seats. Of them, T.D. Raje Gowda and G.H. Srinivas are two-time MLAs. Nayana Motamma, daughter of former Minister Motamma, K.S. Anand, and H.D. Thammaiah are the first-time MLAs. Mr. Thammaiah defeated the BJP’s national general secretary, C.T. Ravi. The party has to give due representation to the district, considering its people’s support for the party.

K.M. Shivalinge Gowda is the only Congress MLA from Hassan district. He joined the Congress before the elections and succeeded in representing Arsikere for the fourth time. He is confident of getting entry into the Cabinet. During the election, too, he expressed his wish to become a Minister.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.