The Karnataka government made fresh appointments of Chairmen to State boards and corporations on Wednesday. The appointments come a week after the Chief Minister convinced Congress Vice President to appoint MLAs to the vacant posts. The list includes appointment to 21 state run boards and corporations and interestingly only legislators have been appointed as Chiefs of these boards.
One of the prominent leaders who led the rebel movement of Congress MLAs, Malekayya Guttedar has been appointed as Chairman of housing corporation. The other appointment include R V Devaraj- Karnataka Slum Development board, K Ventakesh- BDA, Rajashekhar Patil- KRIDL, N Nagraj- Food and civil supplies corporation, Firoz Sait- Tourism Development corporation, M K Somashekhar- Silk Udyog. A total of 21 appointments have been made out of which only one woman MLA, Sharada Mohan Shetty, has been appointed as Chairman of coastal development authority.
The Congress leadership in the state was keen on appointing disgruntled MLAs who had rebelled soon after the cabinet reshuffle in June to these posts as if to pacify them. Siddaramaiah seems to have achieved just that but along with it, the wrath of the party workers as well.
Rahul Gandhi had earlier shot down the proposal of appointing legislators to posts of Boards and corporations Chairman however, CM Siddaramaiah managed to convince the leadership of this decision. The party workers in Karnataka feel they have been let down by the leadership both at the state and center.