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No discontent over appointment of ministers as district in-charges: Karnataka CM

“They are all united and there is no discontent. We are all committed to work for the welfare of the people and run the government in the most appropriate way,” Bommai told mediapersons in Bengaluru Tuesday.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 26, 2022 3:05:47 am
Nearly six months after his government came to office, Bommai Monday had assigned districts to 28 cabinet ministers of which they will be in-charge.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday said “there is no discontent” among his cabinet colleagues following the appointment of district in-charge Ministers.

“They are all united and there is no discontent. It is the national policy of our party to assign the district which is not the native district of the ministers. We are all committed to work for the welfare of the people and run the government in the most appropriate way. The speculations regarding the issue are far from the truth,” Bommai told reporters here.

Nearly six months after he assumed office, Bommai on Monday allocated districts among the 28 cabinet ministers, of which they will be in-charge, while keeping the Bengaluru urban district with himself.

Revenue Minister R Ashoka and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy have not been assigned any district, while three ministers – Agriculture Minister, BC Patil, Minister of Excise, K Gopalaiah and Minister of Handlooms and Textiles, Shankar B Patil Munenakoppa – have been allocated two districts each.

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Madhuswamy said that he would have been happy if he was made in-charge of Tumakuru, his home district, Madhuswamy said “I myself opted out of being Minister in-charge of any other district. When it is the party’s decision that home districts should not be allocated to any Minister, there is no question of discontent, but I’m not in a position to work in any other district which I don’t know, just ahead of elections hence decided to stay away from it.”

State minister for Small Scale Industries MTB Nagaraj, who made in-charge of Chikkaballapura district said, “As I am representing a constituency that comes under Bengaluru rural district and understands the pulse there, it would have been better I was made in-charge there, but as it is the decision of CM and party leadership, I will abide by it.”

Meanwhile, responding to Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar’s reported claims of many BJP MLAs preparing to quit the party and join Congress, the chief minister said, “A sense of insecurity is haunting the Congress. Two top leaders of the party are issuing statements with big claims. There is no question of anyone from BJP jumping the ship. We have many who quit Congress and joined us.”

“You will see the effects of all these developments very soon. Just wait and watch, BJP will gain further strength in the coming days,” the CM added.

Refusing to engage in political interpretations, Bommai said, “You will see the effects of all these developments very soon. Just wait and watch, BJP will gain further strength in the coming days.”

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