Yeddy recasts his ministry, inducts 6 ministers

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 12:58

Bangalore: Sending a message to his
detractors that he was in command, Karnataka Chief Minister B
S Yedyurappa Wednesday inducted six ministers, including his
confidante Shobha Karandlaje, into his cabinet.

A day after axing three ministers loyal to mining magnate
and Tourism Minister G Janardhana Reddy, Yedyurappa ensured
the return of Karandlaje 11 months after she was dropped at
the height of dissidence led by Reddy last year.

On expected lines, A Narayanaswamy, C H Vijayashankar, C C
Patil, Karandlaje, V Somanna and S A Ramadas were administered
the oath of office and secrecy by Governor H R Bhardwaj in Raj
Bhavan.

Sensing the brewing discontent among legislators hoping to
make it into the ministry , state unit party president K S
Eswarappa said the ministry would again be restructured after
March next and at least three new faces given a chance.

Janardhana Reddy, who had warned against the sacking of
three of his supporters from the ministry and complained to
the BJP high command about Yeddyurappa`s action, went soft
saying they would accept the party`s decision.

"We are happy with the party decision. We go by whatever
decision the party takes," Reddy, who was unhappy with the
sacking of Aravind Limbavali, Shivanagouda Naik and Goolihatti
Shekar despite his pleas for their continuance, told
reporters.

The softening of stance by Janardhana Reddy and his
brother and minister Karunanakara Reddy was being attributed
in BJP circles to the on-going probe by the state CID and also
by Lokayukta into illegal mining and illegal export of iron
ore.

Going in for a major re-structuring of the ministry 28
months after the first ever saffron party government was
installed in the South and surviving a major threat to his
chair last year, Yeddyurappa has virtually retaliated at the
Bellary ministerial trioka by taking them head-on.

Yeddyurappa, who hails from the dominant Lingayat
community also chose not to pay heed to the reported
insistence by party National General Secretary H N Anantkumar
against carrying out the reshuffle now and also his attempts
to induct his supporters in the ministry.

"Finally, I have got justice," was the cryptic reaction
by Karandlaje, who has been a target among sections of the BJP
for wielding influence disproportionate to her status.

Among the sworn in ministers, Narayanaswamy, C C Patil,
Shobha and Ramadas are members of the state assembly while
Vijayashankar and Somanna are MLCs.

Karandlaje, a confidant of Yeddyurppa is re-entering the
cabinet eleven months after she was dropped following pressure
from ministers and mining magnets G Janardhana Reddy and G
Karunakara Reddy.

The Reddy brothers and their close associate and minister
B Sreeramulu and MLAs loyal to them had insisted on
Karandlaje`s removal as part of a compromise to end their
revolt demanding Chief Ministr`s removal last year.

Similarly, Somanna, who had the ignominy of demitting
office following his failure of win the by-election from
Govindarajanagar assembly constituency, is also returning into
the ministry.

Vijayashankar and Ramadas are also first timers into the
ministry, apart from Patil.

Janardhana Reddy, who suffered a loss of face after
Yeddyurappa ignored his warning not to axe his supporters,
Shivanagouda Naik and Goolihatti Shekar was present at the
swearing-in ceremony.

"We are happy with the party decision. We go by whatever
decision the party takes", Reddy told reporters here.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 12:58

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