Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, who took three weeks to expand his cabinet and remained as one-man show, is now facing problems to allocate portfolios to new ministers. On one hand he has to pacify disgruntled MLAs, who missed out on cabinet berth and on otherhand he has to satisfy newly inducted ministers with suitable portfolios.
Having failed to find out a mid-way, chief minister has decided to consult party national leadership in this regard. Some disqualified former legislators of the Congress and JD(S) who helped bring down the coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy reportedly are piling pressure on Yediyurappa, seeking their pound of flesh and plum portfolios.
“Today evening I will go to Delhi and meet our national President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will come back tomorrow evening or the day after morning,” Yediyurappa said.
With several MLAs openly expressing displeasure over being left out, Yediyurappa has been making attempts to douse the embers, by reaching out to them. He also tried to pacify miffed legislators including Sullia MLA Angara S, even as the Bunt community threatened protest citing lack of representation in the ministry, and Bovi community members staged protest in front of his residence seeking induction of a minister from their community.
Even as attempts are on to pacify sulking MLAs, a phone conversation between eight-time Hukkeri MLA Umesh Katti, around whom several disgruntled MLAs are reportedly rallying, with Congress legislator party leader Siddaramaiah led to speculation about the former’s next political move.
Yediyurappa has kept 16 ministerial posts vacant to accommodate some more BJP members and from among those 17 disqualified former legislators who helped him come to power.
However, the disqualified MLAs seeking plum portfolios is said to be causing a delay in the allocation of portfolios for the new ministers, despite rooms being allotted to them at Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat.