Are Karnataka's disgruntled Ministers slowly falling in line?
Though many senior leaders in the BJP were said to be upset over their juniors being made Deputy Chief Ministers, most appeared to have fallen in line on Tuesday.
R. Ashok, K.S. Eshwarappa, B. Sriramulu, Jagadish Shettar — who were all aspirants for the title of Deputy CM — and C.T. Ravi are said to be unhappy with the portfolios they have been allocated. Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa spent time with most of them on Tuesday in an attempt to pacify them. Many of them appeared to have softened up by later in the day, with little choice left.
“It is the party’s Central leadership that has decided on the portfolios and Deputy CMs, and they are in no mood to change the decisions. The [State] leaders have no option but to take what they have got, perform and grow in the party, and move on — something they have also realised now,” a senior party strategist said.