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Karnataka CM Effects Cabinet Reshuffle Once Again Amid Bid to Pacify Sulking Ministers

File photo of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

File photo of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

Reports suggest that some minister in Karnataka are even contemplating resigning and are expected to take a decision after the Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday.

In yet another cabinet rejig, the third in less than a week, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday reallocated portfolios to three ministers. Minister JC Madhuswamy has now been assigned Tourism, Ecology and Environment departments.

He was given Medical Education, Kannada and Culture departments, when the portfolios were first reallocated on January 21, while being divested of Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Legislation and Minor Irrigation portfolios. On the very next day, January 22, when minor changes were made and portfolios were reallocated, Madhuswamy, who was sulking after major portfolios were taken back, was given Haj and Wakf Department along with Medical Education, while he was relieved of Kannada and Culture.

Minister Anand Singh has been given the charge of Infrastructure Development Department and Haj and Wakf. He was on January 21 assigned Tourism, Environment and Ecology departments, while being divested of the Forest Department.

Health Minister K Sudhakar has been reassigned with the Medical Education Department as an additional charge, which was divested from him last week. Sudhakar had been sulking ever since he was divested of the Medical Education portfolio, and had even warned that separating the two departments could impair the states Covid-19 vaccination effort.

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According to sources close to Madhuswamy and Anand Singh, the two ministers are upset over the portfolios assigned to them. Reports suggest that both are even contemplating resigning as ministers and are expected to take a decision after the Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday, even as efforts are on to pacify them.

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