12 April, 2021

Ministers Of Offence

Tainted mantris define Yediyurappa’s cabinet

Ministers Of Offence

The BJP’s first government in the south has arguably had the most controversial cabinet. When Ramachandra Gowda, the medical education minister, resigned last weekend following a huge recruitment scam in the Mysore and Hassan medical colleges, he was the seventh minister to go in the two-and-a-half years that the BJP has been in power in Karnataka. Interestingly, of the 29 sitting ministers, except chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa, 13 have either had a questionable moment or face grave charges.

Here’s a quick reckoning of the ministers and their contentious acts: The Bellary trio of Janardhan Reddy, Karunakar Reddy and B. Sriramulu, accused of illegal mining, have consistently topped the charts. They almost toppled the CM In November 2009; the government was saved after a compromise was worked out and the minister ‘closest’ to the CM, Shobha Karandlaje, quit.

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