CM picks Sudhakar over Sriramulu to handle COVID-19

Chief minister picks Sudhakar over Sriramulu to handle COVID-19


Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar is now officially in charge of all matters related to Covid-19 as Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday decided to end confusion by relieving Health Minister B Sriramulu from managing the ongoing crisis.

Sriramulu will continue as the health minister, however. 

On Tuesday, based on Yediyurappa’s advice, Governor Vajubhai R Vala notified that Sudhakar would handle all matters relating to Covid-19. 

Sudhakar and Sriramulu were seen crossing each other’s path as part of the government’s Covid-19 response, which reportedly led to some bitterness between
the two. 

Technically, the Covid-19 issue comes under the Health and Family Welfare portfolio that Sriramulu holds. The Medical Education Department, on the other hand, handles teaching hospitals; this created grey areas and both ministers were briefing the press on Covid-19. 

The chief minister, however, came to be convinced that Sudhakar may be more adept at handling the Covid-19 crisis given that he is a doctor. “Of late, the chief minister began relying on Sudhakar for inputs before briefing the Centre on the Covid-19 situation,” a source said. 

That the lines had blurred between Sriramulu and Sudhakar became so visible that even the Opposition Congress began taking a dig at this. Sudhakar had to clarify in the Assembly that he was involved because he was a doctor. 

In an interview to DH recently, Sudhakar had said he and Sriramulu were like Rama and Lakshmana (brothers).

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