Karnataka gets three deputy CMs; BS Yediyurappa allots portfolios to 14 other ministers week after cabinet expansion

The three Karnataka deputy chief ministers are Govind Karjol, who has also been given the charge of public works department and social welfare; Ashwath Narayan, who got the portfolio of higher education, IT and biotechnology, and science and technology; and Laxman Savadi, who got the transport department.

Press Trust of India August 26, 2019 22:19:01 IST
Karnataka gets three deputy CMs; BS Yediyurappa allots portfolios to 14 other ministers week after cabinet expansion
  • BS Yediyurappa on Monday allocated portfolios to 17 newly-appointed ministers who were inducted into the cabinet a week ago

  • Govind Karjol, Ashwath Narayan, and Laxman Savadi have been picked to serve as the deputy chief ministers of the state

  • The induction of Savadi, who us neither a member of the Assembly nor the Council, had created resentment among several senior BJP legislators

Bengaluru: In a first, Karnataka will have three deputy chief ministers as Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday allocated portfolios to 17 newly-appointed ministers who were inducted into the cabinet a week ago.

Among the three deputy chief ministers are Govind Karjol, who has also been given the charge of public works department and social welfare; Ashwath Narayan, who got the portfolio of higher education, IT and biotechnology, and science and technology; and Laxman Savadi, who got the transport department.

While Jagadish Shettar, a former chief minister, has been made the Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, two former deputy chief ministers, KS Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, have been given the charge of rural development and Panchayat raj, and revenue department respectively.

Karnataka gets three deputy CMs BS Yediyurappa allots portfolios to 14 other ministers week after cabinet expansion

File image of chief minister BS Yediyurappa.

Senior Scheduled Tribe leader B Sriramulu became the health and family welfare minister, while S Suresh Kumar, a Brahmin, has been given the charge of primary and secondary education, along with SAKALA (system which provides state citizens with government services).

Other ministers who were alloted portfolio include: V Somanna (housing), CT Ravi (tourism, Kannada and culture), Basavaraj Bommai (home), Kota Shrinivas Poojari (Muzrai, fisheries, ports and inland transport), J C Madhuswamy (Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislation, minor irrigation).

CC Patil has been allotted mines and geology, H Nagesh (excise), Prabhu Chavan (animal husbandry), and Shahsikala Jolle (women and child development).

Interestingly, Savadi, who has been made the deputy chief minister, is neither a member of the Assembly nor the Council. His induction into the cabinet had created resentment among several senior BJP legislators.

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