The Congress party on Saturday released a list with the names of people who have been given positions in the state-run boards and corporations in Karnataka. This happened along with the Cabinet expansion, which was a means for the Congress to quell internal rebellion in the Congress-JD(S) coalition in power in the state.
This comes after the announcement of the first list in June this year, however, the Congress had not decided who to appoint as heads of the corporations and boards in the state. The recent list also has also appointed seven parliamentary secretaries.
While NA Haris has been appointed as the Chairman of the BMRTC, Belagavi rural constituency MLA Lakshmi Hebbalkar has been given the the portfolio of Mysore Minerals Limited. Dr K Sudhakar, Chikkaballapura MLA, will hold the position of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board Chairman. Yeshwantpura MLA ST Somashekar will be the Bangalore Development Authority Chairperson.
While former minister for energy and agriculture marketing and Shahapur constituency MLA Sharnabasappa Darshanapur has been appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, V Muniyappa has been given the post of Political Secretary to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.
Here is the complete list of the names announced and the positions they will hold.
Earlier today, the Karnataka government also expanded the cabinet, six months after the Congress-JD(S) coalition came to power in the state. Six members were added to the Cabinet, with preference given to leaders from North Karnataka, after groups from the region protested demanding adequate representation.
The party has finalised that MLA CS Shivalli, Hosakote MLA MTB Nagaraju, Yemkanmardi MLA Satish Jarkiholi, Sandur MLA E Tukaram, Babaleshwar MLA MB Patil, Harappanahalli MLA PT Parameshwar Naik, Mudhol MLA RB Thimmapur and Bidar MLA Rahim Khan will be inducted into the Cabinet. Their portfolios are yet to be announced.