Yeddyurappa keeps finance, gives home to trusted man

June 8th, 2008 - 5:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, June 8 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has allotted portfolios to his ministers nine days after assuming office and kept with him 10 departments, including finance and the intelligence wing of the home ministry. The home portfolio minus the intelligence wing has been given to his trusted man V.S. Acharya, while the mining magnates from iron-ore rich Bellary district, G. Karunakara Reddy and his brother G. Janardhana Reddy, have revenue, and tourism and infrastructure development respectively.

The Reddy brothers, who helped secure the support of at least three of the six independents enabling the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to get majority, were keen on home, mines and forest departments.

Katta Subramanya Naidu, another Yeddyurappa loyalist, has got the high-profile information technology and bio-technology portfolio along with excise and information department.

The lone woman in the 31-member cabinet, Shobha Karandlaje, has been allotted rural development, panchayati raj and rural water supply.

Mumtaz Ali Khan, the only Muslim in the cabinet, has been made minister for wakf, haj and minorities’ welfare.

The list was finalised late Saturday night and Governor Rameshwar Thakur issued the notification allotting the portfolios well past midnight.

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