Cabinet Reshuffle, Siddaramaiah Sacks 14 – Inducts 13

Cabinet Reshuffle, Siddaramaiah Sacks 14-Inducts 13

Bengaluru (PTI):  In a major revamp, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today sacked 14 ministers and inducted 13 members into his Council of Ministry in the long awaited exercise.

With the Congress High Command giving the go-ahead, nine ministers of cabinet rank and four ministers of state were inducted at the swearing in ceremony at Raj Bhavan with Governor Vajubhai Vala administering the oath of office and secrecy.

Ahead of the swearing in, Siddaramaiah recommended sacking of 14 ministers which the Governor accepted.

Tanveer Sait, Kagodu Thimmappa, Ramesh Kumar, Basavaraj Raya Reddy, H Y Meti, S S Mallikarjun, M R Seetharam, Santosh Lad and Ramesh Jarkiholi were inducted as cabinet rank ministers.

Priyank Kharge, Rudrappa Lamani, Eshwar Khandre and Pramod Madhwaraj were sworn in as Ministers of State.

Thimmappa and Ramesh Kumar are former Assembly Speakers, while Kharge is the son of Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

The ministers who faced the axe are: Qamarul Islam, Shamanoor Shivashankarappa, V Srinivasa Prasad, M H Ambareesh, Vinay Kumar Sorake, Satish Jarkiholi, Baburao Chinchansoor, Shivaraj Sangappa Tangadagi, S R Patil, Manohar Tahasildhar, K Abayachandra Jain, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Kimmane Ratnakar, P T Parameshwar Naik.

Ministers who were seen as non-performers or were hit by some controversy or the other were shown the door,according to party sources, which also said the exercise was to inject “more dynamic members” into the ministry.

The Chief Minister has embarked upon the exercise more than three years after assuming office on May 13, 2013.

Siddaramaiah received the green signal from Congress High Command yesterday after intense confabulations with party President Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi, who authorised him to carry out the rejig.

In the reshuffle, the Chief Minister has tried to balance equations of caste and region.

The exercise is coming in order to put the party on a sound footing two years before the Assembly elections in Karnataka, which is the only major state where Congress is ruling after being recently ejected out of power in Kerala and Assam.

With the reshuffle, the ministry has a strength of 33, one less than the constitutional limit.

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    • Congrats to Srimaana Chethana Chauhaaana.

      A cricketer and a banker AND a chamcha of the BJP for over 20 years or so is appointed chairperson of NIFT. And when questioned by the media – he says “But, I like to dress up smartly well”. What a joker! As though our HRD minister wasn’t enough along with that Srimaaaana Gajendra Chauhaaaana (of Khuli Khidki fame) who was made chief of FTII!

      And hey, wait a sec. ya Drones. Do you know some Joker called Ram Shankar Katheria (Deputy of HRD Minister) said? He said that “saffronization of education is good for India”.

      Lol! Pretty soon, in textbooks we are gonna have Snow Dwarf and the 7 Whites.. oops… I mean… Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs, ancient Indians travelled interstellar (and forget about the fact that the present day Indian can’t enough fabricate a door for Boeing or Airbus), the first TV was ‘invented’ in India (courtesy – Dritharashtra), the first head transplant was carried out in India ditto with IVF… lah dee dah…

      I wonder what our ‘schientipick’ RampaNNA has to mutter about his saffron cronies antics.

  1. If Indian National Congress has to reform, than it should get rid of Sonia Gandhi, whose name is mentioned by an Italian Court as a recipient of big bribes in arms deals. As investigation goes on more skeletons will fall off the cupboard, unless some power-that-be want to hush up the matter as had happened in the Bofors guns scandal where it has been alip leged many were involved, including the man who was referred to then as “so-called clean” Rajiv Gandhi.

    During the UPA rule, she was instrumental in placing orders for arms, including from Italians manufacturers and firms, and over-riding technical parameters set by experts. Just consider the fact that she is a … daughter and is not educated. Only a person with a military background and holding (or were holding senior ranks, if retired), are qualified to set up technical parameters and civilian leadership have to adher it.

    Sonia Gandhi was so desperate for a job, she went all the way to Cambridge, England (rather than looking for a job in Italy) and worked as part-time waitness in a Greek restaurant, while studying Engiish in an institute to take up a career as a waitress or nanny. Luckily she stumbled upon Rajiv Gandhi at that restaurant, when a friend of his brought him there to have a bite and that introduction and meeting not only transformed her life, but also her family’s and Rajiv Gandhi found it very difficult to study at Cambridge University’s College, where he wasted most of his time at the Cafeteria and finally called it quits. Fortunately for him, he had Indira Gandhi who got him enrolled in a Flying Club and after passing, he got employed as pilot in Indian Airlines. Rest is history.

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    When anyone is corrupt, then how come that person can lead a political party (or any entity for that matter) efficiently? Whatever Siddaramaiah does is just cosmetic changes to fool the people and many Indians are gullible and naive and may fall for this drama and a glaring example being Advocate B.N. Pai. Is this man, non-corrupt? I wonder! I am sure leads an opulent lifestyle, because he believes in VIP culture, because he feels he is a provincial leader in countries like Luxembourg Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Qatar, etc. We people are responsible or permitting these sleazy people to not only exist but also prosper.

    If an electronic media channel is to be believed, the other day a crow sits on the roof of his official car for 30 minutes and messed it up. So, he got his car changed, because he did not have to pay things from his pocket, but taxpayers bore it for this man to lead a comfortable life. Most Indian politicians are superstitious and paranoid, but when it comes to corruption and sleaze, most Indian Universities should encourage them to submit thesis to award them PhDs. Such is their integrity and honesty.

  2. Siddaramaih has got rid of one bunch.. and replaced with another set. Everyone should get the opportunity to have his share. How sweet? Honour amongst…, eh.

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