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Amid resentment over portfolio allocation,Yediyurappa carries out second rejig within 24 hours

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Bengaluru, Jan 22 (PTI) A day after allocation of portfolios, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday carried out another rejig, reflecting the fissures in his 17-month-old government over the exercise.

According to the notification issued by the government with the consent of Governor Vajubhai Vala on Friday,Medical Education Minister J C Madhuswamy has been relieved of Kannada and Culture and given additional charge of Hajj and Wakf, which was given to K C Narayana Gowda on Thursday.

Aravind Limbavali will now handle the Kannada and Culture Department besides the Forest portfolio.

According to the notification, MLC N Nagaraja (M T B Nagaraj), who was yesterday given Excise, was divested of the portfolio and given municipal administration, sugarcane development from the industries and commerce department.

The Chief Minister allotted the Excise portfolio to K Gopalaiah.The horticulture department he was allocated on Thursday, has been given to MLC R Shankar who was divested of municipal administration.

Yediyurappa divested one of his portfolios of planning, programme monitoring and statistics department to K C Narayana Gowda who is also holding the portfolio of Youth Empowerment and Sports.

Despite another rejig within 24 hours, resentment continued.

Sources close to Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said he was upset over the Medical Education portfolio being taken away from him.

Speaking to reporters, Sudhakar said he would discuss with the Chief Minister regarding the reshuffle.

'Earlier it was difficult to manage the pandemic because Health and Medical Education departments were handled by two different ministers.COVID-19 was brought under control after merging both Health and Medical Education departments,' the minister said.

He said the cabinet reshuffle should have been done keeping in view the vaccination drive.

BJP sources claimed that Madhuswamy continued to remain upset with the reshuffle after being relieved of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, which was a major portfolio for him.

A week after expanding his cabinet, Yediyurappa on Thursday allocated portfolios to seven new ministers and also reshuffled the departments of some others.

The exercise, however, did not go down well with a section of his ministerial colleagues as they were reportedly upset over the departments allocated to them and some did not attend the cabinet meeting held after the reshuffle.

Yediyurappa, however, sought to brush off the resentment, saying some kind of displeasure was anticipated.PTI GMS BN WELCOME BN WELCOME