Bengaluru’s Kanteerava Stadium was witness to a momentous event as the first lot of ministers took their oaths of office in a grand ceremony. This new cabinet comprises a diverse group of individuals representing various communities in the state. In a significant move, the Congress party has included ministers from all major castes, ensuring broad representation in the Karnataka cabinet.
Among the distinguished ministers taking the oath were Dr. G Parameshwara, KH Muniyapa, KJ George, MB Patil, Satish Jarkiholi, Priyank Kharge, Ramalinga Reddy, and BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan. Notably, Priyank Kharge, son of Congress National President Mallikarjun Kharge, secured a victory from the Chittapur constituency with a commendable margin of over 13,000 votes in the recent Karnataka Assembly Elections.
The inclusion of ministers from various castes in the cabinet reflects the party’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity. G Parameshwara represents the Scheduled Caste (SC) community, while K H Muniyappa also hails from the SC community. K J George, on the other hand, belongs to the Minority-Christian community. The cabinet further includes M B Patil, a member of the Lingayat community, Satish Jarkiholi representing the Scheduled Tribe (ST) Valmiki community, Ramalinga Reddy from the Reddy community, and B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan from the Minority-Muslim community.
However, even as the Congress celebrates the formation of its initial ministerial team, the government is already facing criticism from the opposition regarding a statement made by Shivakumar. His comments about providing free bus travel and a sum of Rs. 2000 to female heads of households have drawn ire from opposition parties. The opposition is raising concerns about the feasibility and financial implications of these proposed initiatives.
With the inauguration of this diverse cabinet, Karnataka takes a significant step towards inclusive governance, with ministers representing different communities. The state eagerly anticipates the implementation of policies that address the needs and aspirations of its diverse populace under the leadership of this new ministerial team