Shamanur in New Delhi, to 'lobby' for plum portfolio

Shamanur in New Delhi, to 'lobby' for plum portfolio

A day after accusing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of giving him a ‘useless' portfolio, Horticulture and Agriculture Marketing Minister Shamanur Shivashankarappa on Wednesday left for New Delhi to take up the issue with the party high command.

Shivashankarappa, who has been trying to project himself as the Lingayat leader of the party in the State, on Tuesday gave vent to his dissatisfaction at a public function in Chitradurga, saying that the portfolio given to him was useless.

Sources close him said he is likely to meet all the Union ministers from State and other senior Congress leaders on Thursday to lodge a complaint against Siddaramaiah.
Party ticket

A section of Congress leaders is unhappy with Siddaramaiah for having given plum portfolios to his close confidants. It is also said that Shivashankarappa is trying to pressure the high command to get the party ticket for the Davangere Lok Sabha seat to one of his family members.

However, Shivashankarappa denied that he was unhappy with his portfolio.

The minister told reporters in New Delhi that he had come to meet Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar to seek package for State’s arecanut growers.
“While addressing a public meeting, in a lighter vein I said that as I am having the Horticulture portfolio I have my own limitations in handling that department. Some journalists misconstrued and reported that I am not happy with my portfolio,” he said.