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Reddy brothers kept out of new Karnataka cabinet

Last updated on: August 8, 2011 18:25 IST

Reddy brothers kept out of new Karnataka cabinet

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Twenty one legislators from the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka were sworn in at the Raj Bhavan on Monday. While the new cabinet looks more or less the same, the most important exlusion is that of the Reddy brothers and their close aide B Sriramulu.

The Reddy brothers who were part of the Cabinet under B S Yeddyurappa have been left out at least for now following the Lokayukta report, which had recommended action especially against Janardhan Reddy.

The report clearly names the Reddy brothers and Sriramulu on several ocassions and in the case of Janardhan Reddy, it clearly mentions that he should be removed from the cabinet and the BJP in Karnataka has done exactly that.

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Image: New Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda with Yeddyurappa and Shobha Karandlage

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Earlier, it was being speculated that there may be a Deputy Chief Minister in the new Cabinet under Sadananda Gowda. However, it was made clear to the leaders that there shall be no deputy CM, as it could lead to clashes in the future.

Moreover, the BJP is trying to send across the message to the public that Sadananda Gowda is not a puppet chief minister and that he would need to function independently.

Further, the party did not want to show that there is a split in the party, as has been reported in the media over the past couple of days.

Some more entries are likely to be made into the ministry over the next few days, BJP sources said.



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The list of 21 cabinet ministers who were sworn in at the Raj Bhavan by Governor H R Bhardwaj are:

Suresh Kumar
Shobha Karandlage
R Ashok
Jagadish Shettar
Krishna Palemar
V Somanna
Basavaraj Bommai
Umesh Kathi
V Kageri
Govind Karjol
V Narayanaswami
Renukacharya
C Patil
L Savadhi
Bache Gowda
Murugesh Nirani
S V Ravindraprasad
S Ramdas
Revunayak
V S Acharya
C M Udasi



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