Karnataka cabinet expansion: Two JD(S) ministers miffed over portfolios
After Congress, disgruntlement is brewing in coalition partner Janata Dal (Secular) too as two senior ministers from the party are said to be miffed over portfolios allotted to them following the recent cabinet expansion.
JD(S) sources said GT Deve Gowda, who has been allotted higher education, and CS Puttaraju, who got minor irrigation in the portfolio allocation on Friday night, are unhappy about their ministries.
GT Deve Gowda, who emerged as a giant killer, defeating former chief minister Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru in the May 12 assembly polls, and Puttaraju, who vacated his Lok Sabha seat and won the Melukote assembly segment, were eyeing key portfolios, including transport.
DC Thammanna, a relative of JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, being given the transport department is also said to be one of the reasons for their discontent. Supporters of both the ministers held protests in Mysuru and Mandya, the districts they hail from, demanding key portfolios for their leaders.
Reacting to the issue, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said he has seen reports about such disgruntlement only in the media and no one has expressed their dissatisfaction to him personally.
“Some people will want to work in certain departments, but in every department, there is opportunity to work efficiently. We have to work efficiently. Can everyone be given the portfolio they wish for?” the chief minister asked, adding, “Is there a better department than higher education and minor irrigation to work?”
On reported comments by GT Deve Gowda about him being given higher education when he has just studied till Class 8, the CM said, “What have I studied? I’m working as the chief minister.”
“There will be demand for certain ministries, but certain decisions are made internally in the party,” he told reporters in Bengaluru, adding that such wishes of becoming a minister first and then wanting certain specific portfolios are common.
Kumaraswamy had on Friday night allocated portfolios after a hard bargain between coalition partners. The portfolio allocation has been made in line with the power sharing agreement.
The development in the JD(S) has come even as dissident activities of MLAs intensified in the Congress over not getting ministerial berths.