Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai today got his new council of ministers. As many as 29 legislators were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot in Bengaluru today. Notably, unlike former CM BS Yediyurappa’s regime, there is no deputy chief minister in Bommai’s government. The cabinet has 28 men and one woman ministers and the council is a mixture of both experienced and new strength, as said by the CM. There are 7 ministers from OBCs, 3 from SCs, 1 from ST, 7 from Vokkaligas, 8 from Lingayats, and 1 Reddy. While former deputy chief ministers CN Ashwath Narayan and Govind Karjol have found a place in the cabinet, third deputy CM Laxman Savadi has been dropped. Among other former ministers who have been not included in the cabinet are Jagadish Shettar, Suresh Kumar, Arvind Limbavali, R Shankar, CP Yogeshwar and Shrimant Patil.
Nipani MLA Shashikala Jolle is the only lady minister in the new Karnataka cabinet. During BSY’s tenure, she was in charge of the Women, Child Development and Empowerment of Differently Abled, Senior Citizens Department. Three-time MLA from Aurad, Prabhu Chauhan took oath wearing the traditional attire of the Lambani community he hails from. He was in charge of the Animal Husbandry department under BSY.
ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಸಚಿವ ಸಂಪುಟಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರ್ಪಡೆಗೊಂಡ ಸಚಿವರುಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಾರ್ದಿಕ ಅಭಿನಂದನೆಗಳು. ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಜನರ ಆಶೋತ್ತರಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಶ್ರೀ @narendramodi ಅವರ ದೂರದೃಷ್ಟಿಗೆ ಅನುಗುಣವಾಗಿ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ, ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮೃದ್ಧಿಯ ಹೊಸ ಯುಗವನ್ನು ಅನಾವರಣಗೊಳಿಸುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡೋಣ.@CMofKarnataka pic.twitter.com/Ikhc05p9wx
— Basavaraj S Bommai (@BSBommai) August 4, 2021
In a setback for B S Yediyurappa, his son and state BJP Vice President B Y Vijayendra has not been included in the cabinet. It may be recalled that there were some corruption allegations against Vijayendra.
Karnataka New Cabinet Ministers and their portfolios
BS Bommai – Chief Minister, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DAPR), Finance, Intelligence, Cabinet Affairs, Bengaluru Development and all unallocated portfolios
Govind Karjol (Mudhol, Bagalkot district)) — Water resources
KS Eshwarappa (Shivamogga, Shivamogga district) — Rural Development and Panchayat Raj
R Ashok (Padmanabhanagar, Bengaluru) — Revenue
B Sriramulu (Bellari, Ballari district) — Transport and ST welfare
V Sommanna (Govindraj Nagara, Bengaluru) — Housing
S Angara (Sullia, Dakshina Kannada district) — Fisheries, ports and inland transport
JC Madhu Swamy (Chikkanayakanahalli, Tumakuru district) — Minor Irrigation, Law and Parliamentary Affairs
Araga Jnanendra (Thirthahalli, Shimoga district) — Home
CN Ashwath Narayan (Malleswaram, Bengaluru) — Higher Education, IT, BT, Science and Technology and Skill Development
CC Patil (Nargund, Gadag district) — Public works
Anand Singh (Vijayanagara, Ballari district) — Environment, Ecology and Tourism
Kota Srinivas Poojary (MLC) – Social Welfare and Backward Classes
Prabhu Chauhan (Aurad, Bidar district) — Animal Husbandry
Murugesh Nirani (Bilgi, Bagalkot district) — Industries
Shivaram Hebbar (Yellapur, Uttara Kannada district) — Labour
ST Somashekar (Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru) — Cooperation
BC Patil (Hirekerur, Haveri district) — Agriculture
Byrathi Basavaraj (K.R. Puram, Bengaluru) — Urban Development
K Sudhakar (Chikkaballapur, Chikkaballapur district) — Health and medical education department
K Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout, Bengaluru) — Excise
Shashikala Jolle (Nippani, Belagavi district) – Muzrai, Wakf & Haj
M Nagaraj ‘MTB’ (MLC) — Municipal Administration and Small Scale Industries
Dr. KC Narayan Gowda (Krishnarajpet, Mandya district) — Sericulture, Youth Empowerment and Sports
BC Nagesh (Tiptur, Tumakuru district) — Primary and secondary education department
V Sunil Kumar (Karkala, Udupi district) — Energy, Kannada and Culture
Achar Halappa Basappa (Yelburgi, Koppal district) — Women & child development; Mines and Geology
Shankar B Patil Munenakoppa (Navalgund, Dharwad district) — Handloom and Textiles
Muniratna (Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru) – Horticulture and Planning departments
Umesh Katti (Hukkeri, Belagavi district) — Forest, food and civil supplies
Bommai has by and large gone with old faces, as 23 of them were Ministers in the previous B S Yediyurappa cabinet, while six are new. The fresh faces are V Sunil Kumar (Karkala), Araga Jnanendra (Thirthahalli), Munirathna (R R Nagar), Halappa Achar (Yelburga), Shankar Patil Munenkopp (Navalgunda) and B C Nagesh (Tiptur). Bommai has inducted 10 legislators who had joined BJP after quitting Congress-JD(S) coalition in 2019, and helped the saffron party to come to power. Eleven of them were Ministers in the Yediyurappa government, out of them two Shrimant Patil and R Shankar have not made it the Bommai cabinet, while Munirathna has been newly inducted.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the ministers were picked after rounds of discussion between him and national president JP Nadda, and among the national leadership (PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah). The new cabinet will respond to the needs of the people, earn their trust and give good governance, he said.