In a key reshuffle of portfolios in his Cabinet, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Tuesday divested Transport Minister R S Rajakannappan of his portfolio and made him the Minister of Backward Classes Welfare.
S.S. Sivasankar, who held the portfolio of Backward Classes Welfare has been appointed as the Transport Minister. A Raj Bhavan press release said based on the recommendations of the Chief Minister, the portfolios of Transport, Nationalised Transport and Motor Vehicles Act dealt with by Mr Rajakannappan have been allocated to Mr Sivasankar. The portfolios of Backward Classes Welfare, Most Backward Classes Welfare and Denotified Communities Welfare, held by the latter, have been allocated to Mr Rajakannappan.
Sources said there were complaints against Mr Rajakannappan and Chief Minister had urged him to mend his ways. “But it was of no avail. After a video of a BDO from Muthukalathur complaining that the Minister chided him by referring to his caste name went viral, the Chief Minister removed stripped the Minister of his portfolio,” a source explained.