12 April, 2021

Ministers Of Offence

Tainted mantris define Yediyurappa’s cabinet

Ministers Of Offence
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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.

In the last couple of months, prisons minister Umesh Katti has had a slanging match with governor H.R. Bharadwaj over the unprecedented number of life...

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