Cabinet reshuffle: 14 non-performing ministers to exit

Cabinet reshuffle: 14 non-performing ministers to exit

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-06-18 15:13 Bengaluru: After months of speculation, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has finally got a go-ahead for his Cabinet expansion. Highly placed sources said, over ten non-performing ministers will be asked to step aside and in turn, fresh faces will be inducted.Accompanied by home minister and KPCC president G Parameshwar, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had been camping in New Delhi to meet party high command Sonia Gandhi. On Saturday, the final list of probables was approved by Sonia Gandhi. Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi was present too.The meeting decided to drop 14 non-performing ministers from the cabinet to infuse fresh life into the Siddaramaiah government.The ministers who will be shown door include – K Abhayachandra Jain (Minister of state for youth empowerment and sports), Vinay Kumar Sorake (minister for urban development), UT Khader (minister for Health and family welfare), Kimmane Ratnakar (minister for primary and higher education), Shamanur Shivashankarappa (Minister for Horticulture and APMC), Krishna Byre Gowda (Minister of Agriculture),  Dinesh Gundu Rao (Minister For Food And Civil Supplies), Manohar H Tahsildar (minister for excise and muzrai), Baburao Chinchansur (minister for Textile and Ports Minister), PT Parameshwara Naik (minister for labour), V Shrinivas Prasad (Revenue minister), M H Ambareesh (Housing minister), SR Patil (minister for IT-BT), Shivraj Tangadagi and Qamar Ul Islam (minister for Waqf Board).Meanwhile, Siddaraiamah is expected to welcome a few new faces - MLAs Tanveer Sait (Mysuru), Priyank Kharge (Chittapur), Ramesh Jarakiholi (Gokak), Pramod Madhwaraj (Udupi), Kagodu Thimappa (Shivmogga), Ramesh Kumar, M Krishnappa (VijayNagar), Rudrappa Lamani (Haveri), Anil Lad (Kalaghatagi), Dr Sudhakar (Chikkaballapur) and NY Gopalkrishna.Speaking to mediapersons – after meeting the party higher-ups – Siddaramaiah refused to divulge the details of the meeting. However, as rumours of cabinet expansion spread, there were cries of disappointment in the party circle. Revenue minister Srinivas Prasad said “CM has not taken consent of anyone and instead has decided arbitrarily.”  According to sources, Fisheries minister K Abhayachandra Jain, who is said to be dropped from the cabinet, has cancelled all his official programmes.