Modi Cabinet: Karnataka Congress leader takes dig at NDA for not inducting any BC, Dalit MP from state

Five Members of Parliament from Karnataka were part of the Council of Ministers of the NDA government led by PM Narendra Modi.


Published Jun 10, 2024 | 5:13 PMUpdatedJun 10, 2024 | 5:13 PM

Karnataka Congress leader takes a dig at NDA government

Karnataka Home Minister and senior Congress leader G Parameshwara on Monday, 10 June, took a dig at the NDA government for not inducting any MP from Backward Classes (BCs) and Dalit communities from the state into the Union Cabinet as ministers.

He said it was evident that these communities have been “neglected” in the government formation exercise. “It looks like they (BJP/NDA) don’t want backward classes and Dalit communities. Several people from such communities have got elected in the state from that party,” Parameshwara told reporters in Bengaluru.

“They could have considered them, but it is left to their discretion and it is evident that these communities have been neglected,” the former president of the party’s state unit said.

Five Members of Parliament from Karnataka were part of the Council of Ministers of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sworn in on Sunday, 9 June.

Nirmala Sitharaman (representing Rajya Sabha), Pralhad Joshi of the BJP and JD(S)’ H D Kumaraswamy were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers, while BJP’s Shobha Karandlaje was inducted as Minister of State along with V Somanna.

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Communities of ministers

While Sitharaman and Joshi are Brahmins, Kumaraswamy and Karandlaje are from the dominant Vokkaliga community. Somanna hails from another dominant community in the state — Lingayats. The NDA got 19 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, with BJP winning 17 and JD(S) two. The ruling Congress in the state has won nine seats.

Congratulating the five MPs who have become Ministers, Parameshwara said several State issues are pending resolution before the Central government, like GST share and irrigation projects requiring its nod.

“I’m confident that as the representatives of the state, they will take them up on priority and try to resolve them,” he said, adding that in case they fail, it is a setback to them and their party. “We will wait and watch….if our issues are not resolved, naturally we will have to blame them, he added.”

On whether there were discussions in the ruling Congress in the state about appointing more Deputy chief ministers based on communities, Parameshwara said: “There is no such thing, no such discussions have happened. Just because someone speaks it cannot be a party issue.”

Whatever the party leadership decides is final, he said, adding, that if they feel there is a need for such a move, they will decide. DK Shivakumar from the Vokkaliga community is the only Deputy chief minister in the Siddaramaiah-led Cabinet.

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