CM Basavaraj Bommai has achieved what he calls a “balanced cabinet” by inducting his ‘special 29’ on Wednesday. The portfolios are yet to be allotted to the newly inducted ministers and CM Bommai has said that “the process of portfolio allocation would be completed within 1-2 days.”
While over 10 turncoats and six new faces have been inducted into the council, the “rebels” have been conveniently left out of the cabinet. Vijayapura MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, who for the longest time has spoken against former CM and state BJP’s backbone BS Yediyurappa and his family members, has been distanced from the cabinet. He has leveled corruption charges against BSY and his family members, in particular BY Vijayendra. His name was seen on many of the lists that had gone viral on social media over the past few days, but he did not receive any call on Wednesday.
Another such person is the former Tourism Minister in the BS Yediyurappa cabinet, CP Yogeshwar who had spoken against the party leader. Even after being warned of the consequences, Yogeshwar continued his tirade. In fact, in the month of June, Yogeshwar had compared the change in guard to Dasara festival and the world-famous Jamboo Savari.
Aravind Bellad, who was portrayed as a frontrunner for CM’s post was also sidelined. Bellad, who was miffed for not being given a cabinet berth, had made last-ditch efforts to rebel against BS Yediyurappa. He made frequent visits to the national capital over the past six months and spoke on how the change of guard is inevitable. He had even alleged that his phone was being tapped. Now, seems like he’ll have to stay out for a while until the cabinet is being expanded again.
While these three leaders have frequently spoken against BS Yediyurappa and his administration and have now been kept out of the cabinet, Honnali MLA and BSY’s loyalist MP Renukacharya has also been silenced.
Renukacharya was seen in Delhi when talks of leadership change was heard in Karnataka. He always raised his voice in support of BS Yediyurappa and spoke out of turn even after being warned of action by the party leaders. While Renukacharya was confident that he would make it to the ‘Special 29’, it came as a shocker for him on Wednesday when his name didn’t make it to the list.
If one remembers, in June when Karnataka BJP in-charge Arun Singh was in Bengaluru to hear the problems of MLAs, he had said that strict action would be taken against the rebels. Seems like the ‘punishment’ or action came in the form of them being ignored during cabinet expansion.
Another name that was expected in Bommai’s cabinet list was Yediyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra. Even though Vijayendra had made it clear that he doesn’t want to take up a post this time as it would affect the 2023 elections, he was hoping that he would be given charge of some post to send out a message to the rebels, but seems like the party high Command was keen on keeping him out for now. There were corruption charges against him and the party did not want to take the chances.
In all, it was a clear message to all the rebels in the party: If you’re rebellious, be ready to pay the price