Yediyurappa inducts 17 Ministers in first Cabinet expansion

Newly sworn in cabinet ministers with Governor Vajubai Vala and Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa at Raj Bhavan, on August 20, 2019.   | Photo Credit: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa expanded his ministry on Tuesday by inducting 17 persons. The expansion came 25 days after he took oath as chief minister.

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered oath to the newly inducted ministers at a programme held in Raj Bhavan.

The list of new ministers is believed to have been finalised by late on Monday night. However, BJP sources said that only a few last minute changes have been effected in the list.

The list of the newly-inducted ministers is a blend of seniors and a few new faces. The striking feature is that the party has rewarded its political support base of Lingayat community by including seven members from it in addition to Mr. Yediyurappa. Similarly, it has provided a lion’s share to Bengaluru by including four MLAs from the city into the ministry.

A majority of the Old Mysuru region has gone represented in the ministry. This is being interpreted as an indication that those berths are being reserved for disqualified MLAs from the rival camps, who are awaiting legal clarity on their position. Also, it is being seen as holding a carrot for some of the fence-sitting MLAs of the region from the rival camps to woo them into the party fold.

The list of newly inducted ministers include former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, former deputy chief ministers K. S. Eshwarappa and R. Ashok besides former ministers Govind Karjol, S. Suresh Kumar, V. Somanna, C. T. Ravi, B. Sriramulu, C. T. Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, Kota Srinivas Poojary and C. C. Patil.

Malleshwaram MLA Dr. C. N. Ashwathnarayan, who is believed to have played a major role in wooing rebel MLAs from the rival camps, has been rewarded with a ministerial berth. Similarly, former MLA Laxman Savadi, who too played his part in wooing the MLAs from other parties, has been accommodated in the ministry. He is likely to be fielded as party candidate for the by-elections from Athani.

The party has also included new faces Shakuntala Jolle, J. C. Madhuswamy, Prabhu Chavan and Independent MLA H. Nagesh into the ministry.

All the 17 members, who were inducted into the ministry, have been given Cabinet ranks.

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