Karnataka minister denies any discontent over cabinet reshuffle

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In the reshuffle, the portfolio of Health and Family Welfare was shifted from Sriramulu and allocated to Dr P K Sudhakar.

Karnataka Minister B Sriramulu on Tuesday, October 13, denied any discontent over the minor reshuffle carried out by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in his cabinet on Monday.

In the reshuffle, the portfolio of Health and Family Welfare was shifted from Sriramulu and allocated to Dr P K Sudhakar. Political circles had viewed this as an indication of the chief minister’s dissatisfaction over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sriramulu refuted these charges and said there was no bad blood due to the decision and welcomed it further saying that controlling COVID-19 would become easier with both the Medical Education and Health Ministry portfolios now with Sudhakar.

"Our Chief Minister spoke to both of us and told us to do good work in the state. I had requested the CM to allot me the social welfare department before Cabinet formation itself. I am happy and have assumed the office of the Social Welfare Department. It would be better for COVID-19 management if both Medical education and Health Ministry are with one person, therefore, it has been given to Dr Sudhakar," Sriramulu told reporters in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, Dr K Sudhakar also expressed happiness with the decision and added that Sriramulu being a senior and more experienced politician has received the important portfolios, while both the Health and Medical Education being in hands of one Minister was a very common phenomenon.

"Sriramulu is a senior politician. Due to some reasons and elections in other States we couldn't expand the Cabinet. In all states, health and medical education are in the hands of one minister. The CM has assigned a good portfolio to Sriramulu, social welfare is an important department. The CM also expressed the hope that we both will be able to manage the portfolios assigned to us efficiently," Dr Sudhakar said. (With inputs from ANI)

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