BS Yediyurappa walks a tightrope in allocation of ministers’ portfolios
BJP president Amit Shah was to iron out issues with the disqualified MLAs on Friday, Yediyurappa was expected to allot portfolios on Saturday.
A month after swearing in as the chief minister, Yediyurappa is walking a tightrope in the allocation of portfolios.
On his return from New Delhi after meeting BJP president Amit Shah to iron out issues with the disqualified MLAs on Friday, Yediyurappa was expected to allot portfolios on Saturday. But he could not proceed due to the death of former Union minister Arun Jaitely. “The list of portfolios is ready and will be given once I am back from Delhi after attending Arun Jaitely’s funeral (on Sunday),” Yediyurappa said.
Portfolio allocation has turned out to be a major test for Yediyurappa, who has been caught between sections of unhappy MLAs from his own party and the group of disqualified MLAs who have been stepping up pressure on him, reminding the BJP leaders the promises they made before they pulled down JD(S)-Congress regime.
Though the chief minister can accommodate upto 33 ministers in this cabinet (excluding himself), he has inducted only 17 ministers, leaving 16 positions vacant for the disqualified lawmakers. The MLAs who were disqualified on July 25 have been fighting their case in the Supreme Court.
Some senior MLAs, including GH Thippa Reddy and Umesh Katti, have openly expressed their disappointment over not making it to the cabinet. Particularly, the induction of Laxman Savadi, former MLA from Belagavi district, into the cabinet has irked many. Eight-time MLA Umesh Katti, also from Belagavi, who quit the JD (S) to join BJP in 2008, has questioned the party leadership for choosing Savadi despite him losing in the Assembly polls. The party is yet to arrive at a compromise formula with Katti.
The party leadership also seems to have considered creating three deputy chief minister posts. CN Ashwath Narayan, Govind Karjol and Savadi are making the rounds for probable candidates. Party insiders said that making Savadi deputy CM is likely to hurt Katti further.