Karnataka Cabinet reshuffle: CM Siddaramaiah may drop 8 ministers

BENGALURU,Y MAHESWARA REDDY |:After elections to the Legislative Council and Rajya Sabha, now the stage is set for the reshuffle of Karnataka Cabinet. Eight ministers are expected to be dropped from the Cabinet and young legislators and senior Congress leaders will likely be inducted.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday convened the Cabinet meeting to announce the proposed reshuffle of the Cabinet. Siddaramaiah is believed to have told the ministers to be ready to take up party work since the elections to the State Assembly are to be held in two years. Siddaramaiah had been contemplating dropping seven or eight non-performing ministers from the Cabinet to induct legislators like Kagodu Thimmappa, Ramesh Kumar and others.

The following ministers are expected to be dropped from the Cabinet if the Congress high command okays Siddaramaiah’s proposal to reshuffle the Cabinet— Minister for Housing Ambarish, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar, Revenue Minister Srinivas Prasad, Minister for Urban Development Vinaykumar Sorake, Minister for Municipal and Local Administration Qamar ul Islam, Minister for Textiles Baburao Chinchansur and Minister for Horticulture Shamanur Shivashankarappa.

If the Congress high command takes into consideration the recent unpleasant episode of Anupama Shenoy, who resigned from her post citing political interference, then Minister for Labour PT Parameshwar Naik is expected to be dropped from the Cabinet. According to reliable sources, Shenoy is mulling meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi to explain the incidents that led her to resign as Dy SP.

Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Family Welfare UT Khader said that would abide the decision taken by Congress high command. “I am ready to take up any responsibility,’’ Khader said.

According to sources, some of the ministers, who are supposed to be dropped from the Cabinet, have left for Delhi to convince Congress high command to allow them to continue serving in the Cabinet.