Yediyurappa to announce portfolios of new cabinet ministers today
Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yediyurappa on Sunday said portfolios of newly inducted ministers will be announced on Monday, an exercise in managing the expectations of existing ministers, new entrants and those awaiting their turn.

“Umesh Katti will be made a minister," Yediyurappa reiterated on Sunday, hoping to soothe the senior leader whose name was dropped a day before last week’s expansion.

Katti and two others were dropped following discontent about ignoring senior leaders, and the priority given to Belagavi and Bengaluru in the cabinet while neglecting other parts like Kalyana-Karnataka, coastal districts and the south.

“We were assured and even confirmed the ministry we asked for before we resigned (last July). We will have to see if the same will be given," said a legislator, who was among the 17 who had resigned and was made a cabinet minister on Thursday.

Though Yediyurappa has largely kept his word to those who helped him to power, he would have to manage expectations on previously demanded portfolios or risk upsetting the older legislators and the 17 existing ministers.

Ministries in high demand include home, irrigation, urban development and public works department. The Bengaluru development ministry is one of the most sought-after portfolios. The portfolio was previously held by the chief minister.

The central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was involved only in the cabinet expansion and not portfolio allocation, leaving Yediyurappa with the responsibility and risks that come with the exercise.

“Naturally, there will be some lobbying to get a good ministry," said a minister and senior BJP leader, requesting not to be named.

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