The Congress high command has given the plum portfolio of the Home department to senior legislator MB Patil, divesting Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara of the charge.
According to the new list of portfolios AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka KC Vengopal has sent to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Parameshwara has been given the IT/BT, Science & Technology, Law and Parliamentary Affairs portfolio in addition to Bengaluru City Development.
Parameshwara was reportedly miffed at the idea of letting go of the Home department portfolio.
An official notification is yet to be issued on the allocation of portfolios.
The other allocations made by the Congress high command are as follows: Satish Jarkiholi - Forest, Ecology and Environment; CS Shivalli - Municipalities; MTB Nagaraju - Housing; E Tukaram - Medical Education; PT Parameshwar Naik - Muzrai, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood; Rahim Khan - Youth Empowerment & Sports; RB Timmapur - Port & Inland Transport and Sugar.
While DK Shivakumar has been divested of the medical education portfolio, he has been given Kannada & Culture and Information & Public Relations.
Eight Congress legislators - seven from North Karnataka - were inducted into the Cabinet on December 22. With that, the Congress now has 22 ministers in the 34-member Cabinet. The current size of the Cabinet is 32 as the JD(S) is yet to fill up two positions.