Ramdas: Medical Education; Vijayashankar: Higher Education

Bangalore, Sept. 22 (MRS)-Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa today went ahead with the Cabinet expansion, despite challenges thrown by the dissidents, including the Reddy brothers.

Six Ministers including S.A. Ramdas and C.H. Vijayashankar from Mysore district were sworn-in at a colourful ceremony at the Glass House of Raj Bhavan.

Shobha Karandlaje, V. Somanna, V. Narayanaswamy and C.C. Patil were the other four Ministers who were sworn-in this morning.

The ceremony lasted for 15 minutes from 9.30 am. Governor H.R. Bhardwaj administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Ministers.

CM's blessings

All the six Ministers touched the feet of Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, seeking his blessings, before taking oath.

Chief Minister's Cabinet colleagues, including Reddy brothers — Janardhan Reddy, Karunakara Reddy and B.Sriramulu — who had raised a banner of revolt over dropping of three Ministers, were present. The ceremony was held under tight security in view of the possible trouble from the supporters of those who have been dropped from the Cabinet and those who have been denied berths. Only those with passes were allowed to enter the venue.

Probably for the first time in the history of swearing-in ceremonies, the occasion was marred by whistles, slogans and cat calls. It started with V. Narayanaswamy, who took the oath first, when his supporters cheered loudly with whistles and slogans. It was followed by the supporters of V. Somanna.

The din apparently irked the Governor Bhardwaj, who gestured at the audience to maintain peace. The CM also was seen making similar gesture. Narayanaswamy placed his forefinger on his lips appealing to his supporters to remain silent. Ramdas was another Minister, who also drew loud applause.


In the name of ...

Bangalore, Sept. 22 (MRS)- MLC C.H.Vijayashankar from Mysore district took the oath as Minister in the name of Lord Eshwara and Goddess Chamundeshwari.

MLA S.A. Ramdas, also from Mysore (K.R. Constituency), took the oath in the name of his mother Sarojamma.

V. Somanna swore in the name of Dr. Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga Mutt and his family deity Sri Yedeyur Siddalingeswara.

Shobha Karandlaje, A. Narayanaswamy and C.C. Patil too took the oath in the name of the God Almighty.


Loyalty recognised: Shobha Karandlaje

Bangalore, Sept. 22 (MRS)- Newly-inducted Minister Shobha Karandlaje today claimed that the party leaders had recog-nised her loyalty to the party while reinducting her into the Cabinet.

Talking to mediapersons after the swearing-in ceremony, Shobha said, "Ministry or no Ministry, I have been working for the party's growth without expecting anything in return."

Shobha said that she was not particular about her portfolio. "I will shoulder any responsibility given to me," she observed.

She promised to meet the party workers first whenever she visited a place. "It is the hard work of the party activists that has brought us to power," she added.


3 more Ministers after budget

Bangalore, Sept. 22 (MRS)- There will be one more expansion of Yeddyurappa Cabinet next year. Disclosing this here today after the swearing-in ceremony, State BJP President K.S. Eshwarappa said that three more Ministers will be inducted after budget sessions next year.

The party chief also disclosed that those MLAs, who could not get Cabinet berths will be appointed as Chairman of Boards and Corporations within 15 days.

He claimed that there was no dissidence within the party.


Likely portfolios:

Ramdas - Medical Education

Vijayashankar - Higher Education

Shobha Karandlaje - Energy

V. Somanna - Food and Civil Supplies

Narayanaswamy - Social Welfare

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore