The chief minister abruptly handed over obligations of COVID-19 associated issues from well being minister B Sriramulu to medical schooling minister Dr Ok Sudhakar after which again once more, leaving them sad.
- Information18 Bengaluru
- Final Up to date: March 25, 2020, 11:54 PM IST
The dreaded coronavirus appears to have had an sudden aspect impact on the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) authorities in Karnataka. An open dispute erupted between chief minister BS Yediyurappa and his well being minister B Sriramulu over dealing with of the state of affairs within the state.
On Tuesday, Yediyurappa abruptly divested Sriramulu of all COVID-19 associated issues, assigning the duties to medical schooling minister Dr Ok Sudhakar.
Raj Bhavan additionally issued a particular notification on this regard. Inside minutes, the media began attributing it to Sriramulu’s “incompetence”.
Nonetheless, two hours later, Yediyurappa rescinded his determination, once more entrusting Sriramulu with coronavirus associated obligations, resulting in additional conjecture and confusion.
In keeping with insiders, an irate Sriramulu drove to the chief minister’s home along with his resignation letter in hand, demanding an evidence for his downgrading. Additionally they exchanged some heated phrases, dependable sources affirm.
After that, unwilling to tackle the highly effective tribal chief, the chief minister determined to revive his misplaced satisfaction.
However, this made Sudhakar offended. The MBBS and two-time MLA is a brand new entrant within the BJP. He had defected with 17 different Congress and JD(S) legislators to the saffron occasion in July final yr. After he received a bypoll from Chikkaballapur in December, Yediyurappa rewarded him with the medical schooling portfolio.
Younger, media savvy and educated, Sudhakar impressed the BJP management by valiantly taking over the giants on the opposition benches: former CM Siddaramaiah and former Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.
After the coronavirus risk grew to become actual, Yediyurappa requested him to assist Sriramulu in dealing with the disaster. Utilizing his medical expertise, Sudhakar managed to place up a creditable present, once more impressing the chief minister and even opposition leaders.
Even in displays, conferences and media briefings, Sudhakar bought essentially the most limelight, which apparently didn’t go down nicely with Sriramulu who’s already upset over not being made a deputy chief minister.
The divestment of a accountability in the midst of an enormous disaster naturally angered him. With out ready for any calls from the CM, he rushed to his home with a warning, declare his shut associates.
“He was upset, not due to divestment of an enormous accountability. He was upset over the way through which it was executed. He feels that it was executed with the intention of sidelining and making him look unhealthy within the eyes of public within the time of coronavirus outbreak,” mentioned one among his shut aides
In keeping with the CM Yediyurappa camp, there was no such design to discredit Sriramulu, whom he values as an necessary BJP chief. “Two ministers dealing with the identical situation had led to some confusion. Simply to keep away from that and streamline the method, the CM entrusted all the work to Sudhakar. The chief minister thought since he’s a physician, he might do a greater job than Sriramulu. Media hypothesis is baseless,” mentioned one of many CM’s associates.
Sudhakar now doesn’t appear to be pleased with the developments, as he feels that it was an avoidable controversy.