Shobha Karandlaje is back to Yeddyurappa cabinet

Posted by Pradip Koti on Sep 22, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa inducted controversial Shobha Karandlaje and 5 others members in his cabinet. Narayanaswamy, C C Patil, Shobha and Ramadas are members of the state assembly while Vijayashankar and Somanna are MLCs. By inducting six more ministers, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa expanded his 28-month-old ministry with raising the strength to 34.

Shobha Karandlaje was asked to resign in October during her battle with the Reddy brothers. Karandlaje, a confidante of Yedyurappa is re-entering the cabinet 11 months after she was dropped following pressure from ministers and mining magnets G Janardhana Reddy and G Karunakara Reddy. The cabinet of BJP government is joined by six new ministers in Karnataka today. All the members took as ministers of cabinet rank at a brief function held at Raj Bhavan. Governor H R Bhardwaj administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers. Some of his cabinet colleagues and BJP National General Secretary H N Anant Kumar were present on the occasion other than Yeddyurappa.


The Reddy brothers and their close associate and minister B Sreeramulu and MLAs loyal to them had insisted on the removal of Karandlaje as part of a compromise to finish their revolt demanding Chief Minister’s removal last year. Somanna is also returning into the ministry who had the ignominy of demitting office following his failure of win the by-election from Govindarajanagar assembly constituency. Janardhana Reddy had warned against the sacking of three of his supporters from the ministry. Reddy went soft saying they would accept the party’s decision and complained about the action of Yedyurappa.

Shobha Karandlaje is back to Yeddyurappa cabinet

Apart from Patil, Vijayashankar and Ramadas are also first timers into the ministry. State unit party president K S Eswarappa said the ministry would again be restructured after March next and at least three new faces given a chance, sensing the brewing discontent among legislators hoping to make it into the ministry. After Yeddyurappa ignored his warning not to axe his supporters Janardhana Reddy suffered a loss of face, Shivanagouda Naik and Goolihatti Shekar was present at the swearing-in ceremony. Reddy told, “We are happy with the party decision. We go by whatever decision the party takes”.

Members of Yeddyurappa cabinet:

Shobha Karandlage: When the Reddy brothers revolted earlier this year, one of the demands was the sacking of Shobha. They had alleged that her proximity to the chief minister had created problems for other MLAs and that she was behaving like a proxy CM of the state. Yeddyurappa was forced to drop her then but had assured her that he would take her back in the next reshuffle. Yeddyurappa justified her return, saying that they needed a Vokkaliga minister in the cabinet. Moreover, he said that Shobha was the only woman minister and that representation needed to be given.

A Narayanaswamy: A four time MLA, he had always indicated that his dream was to become a minister. He is said to be close to Eshwarappa and BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar.

V Somanna: Originally from the Congress party, Somanna came into the BJP at the behest of Yeddyurappa when the party undertook ‘Operation Lotus’ in the state. He had lost the by-poll last year, but was then inducted as a member of the legislative council.

C H Vijayashankar: Hailing from the backward Kuruba community, Vijayashankar is considered to be a replacement for K S Eshwarappa who hails from the same community. Eshwarappa stepped down after being made the party president. It is said that his proximity to Shobha earned him the ministerial berth.

C C Patil: A close aide of Yeddyurappa, the legislator from Naragund in North Karnataka belongs to the powerful Lingayat community. Out of the Yeddyurappa cabinet

S A Ramdas: He was part of the rebellion against Yeddyurappa last year and had vowed never to join the ministry until Shobha was dropped from the Cabinet. However, this inclusion indicates a truce between him and the chief minister.

Arvind Limbavali: His falling out with Ananth Kumar is said to be the reason for his exit. He also did not have Yeddyurappa’s support.

K Shivannagouda Naik: Naik was dropped, as the chief minister thought that he had neglected his ministry. He was initially with the Janata Dal-Secular. But later, he was roped by the Reddy brothers.

Gulihatti D Shekar: Shekar had threatened to kill himself if he was dropped from the ministry. Sources say that this independent MLA was dropped, as he was allegedly passing on information to Janata Dal-Secular chief and former Chief Minister Kumaraswamy.

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