Shettar sworn in as minister


Jagadish Shettar

It is ironic that Shettar allowed the Reddys, the mining tycoons, to take up his cause with the central leadership of the BJP.

Shettar took the oath of office and secrecy in the name of the Almighty. He has been allotted the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj portfolio, which was earlier held by Shobha Karandlaje. This is the fifth expansion of the Yeddyurappa Cabinet.

With Shettar’s entry, the strength of Lingayats in the Cabinet has gone up to eight. The strength of Vokkaligas — another dominant community — in the Cabinet was reduced to three with the resignation of Shobha Karandlaje.

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