Yediyurappa caves in to pressure, shuffles ministry twice in a day

Bengaluru: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa changed portfolios of four of his cabinet colleagues for a third time in a week including twice on Monday betraying a sign of helplessness and susceptibility to political pressures.

He rejigged the portfolios of K Sudhakar, JC Madhuswamy, C P Yogeeshwara and Anand Singh. While the chief minister restored medical education to Sudhakar and minor irrigation to J C Madhuswamy, he assigned tourism and environment & ecology to C P Yogeeshwara and infrastructure and haj to Anand Singh. In the process, he left Sudhakar on cloud nine, and left Yogeeshwara and Anand Singh disappointed.

After a prolonged delay, Yediyurappa did a cabinet reshuffle on January 13 by inducting seven new ministers and dropping excise minister Nagesh. A week later, he assigned portfolios to new ministers as well as changed the portfolios of some. When a few ministers rebelled, skipped the Cabinet meeting and aired their resentment in public, the chief minister did some patch work the next day in a desperate bid to mollify them. That, however, did not bring any lasting peace as sections of monsters continued to sulk.

On Monday, Yediyurappa reshuffled the cabinet twice in an attempt to buy peace. Health minister Sudhakar had been upset after he lost medical education, as he said the twin departments must be with the same minister for effective handling of Covid-19 pandemic.

Both Sudhakar and Anand Singh were among the 17 MLAs to quit the JD(S)-Congress alliance and helped the BJP come to power in Karnataka.

The repeated reshuffle has not gone down well with a section of BJP leaders who view the developments as a result of the chief minister’s indecisiveness.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee slammed chief minister BS Yediyurappa after he carried out a reshuffle of portfolios wondering whether the BJP came to power through “operation lotus’ to do public service or self-service. “You are spending time changing portfolios reacting to blackmail,” the party tweeted.

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