Yediyurappa on Tuesday appointed Ministers Ramesh Jarkiholi, K
Gopalaiah as in-charge of Belagavi and Hassan districts
A notification appointing water resources Minister
Jarkiholi as in-charge to his home district of Belagavi and
food and civil supplies Minister Gopalaiah to Hassan was
issued on Tuesday.
Earlier, Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar held
additional charge of Belagavi along with Dharwad district,
while Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy
held the additional charge of Hassan along with Tumakuru
Jarakiholi and Gopalaiah were among those left out of the
list of district-in-charge ministers, when the Chief Minister
made appointments in April.
Both of them were among 10 legislators who defected from
Congress and JD(S), subsequently won the December 2019
bypolls on BJP ticket and became ministers in February this
While Jarkiholi had defected from the Congress, Gopalaiah
was from JD(S).
In April when Yediyurappa appointed district in-charge
Ministers, there were reports that Jarkiholi was unhappy over
him being left out and not being considered for Belagavi,
which is his home district.
However, he subsequently clarified that there was no
Interestingly, despite four Ministers from the district -
Laxman Savadi, Shashikala Jolle, Ramesh Jarkiholi and
Shrimanth Patil, the charge of Belagavi was then given to
Shettar, a senior minister, who is from Dharwad to avoid any
Gopalaiah''s appointment to Hassan is also interesting, as
it is the home turf of Deve Gowda family and JD(S), the party
which he had represented in the past. PTI KSU