32 ministers, criminal cases on 24, average assets 119 crores, DK alone has 1400 crores -aabtak24


Karnataka Cabinet: On May 20, the Congress government was formed in Karnataka with a thumping majority. In Bengaluru, Siddaramaiah took oath as CM and DK Shivakumar as Deputy CM. A week after this, on May 27, the cabinet of the government was expanded. Of the 32 ministers in the new Karnataka cabinet, 24 have criminal cases against them. In addition, everyone has declared their assets and liabilities. This information has been given by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) through its report.

Out of 32 ministers, 31 are crorepatis, whose average assets have been estimated at Rs 119.06 crore. Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar declared the highest assets of Rs 1,413.80 crore. The minister with the least declared assets is Timmapur Ramappa Balappa from Mudhol (SC) constituency, with assets of Rs 58.56 lakh.

So much wealth of a single woman minister

According to ADR report, there is only one woman in the cabinet of 32 new ministers, namely Lakshmi R Hebbalkar and she contested from Belgaum constituency. Lakshmi has declared assets of over Rs 13 crore and liabilities of over Rs 5 crore.

Ministers’ education and age

According to the ADR report, six ministers have declared their educational qualification between 8th pass and 12th pass. 24 ministers have declared educational qualification of graduation and above and two ministers are diploma holders. At the same time, according to the report, 18 ministers have given their age between 41 and 60 years. Rest, 14 ministers have given their age between 61 and 80 years.

Departments are yet to be divided

Siddaramaiah was sworn in as the CM on 20 May after being unanimously elected as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP). Besides this, Deputy CM Shivakumar and eight others were sworn in as ministers. A week later, on May 27, the Congress-led state government inducted 24 new ministers. Now the number of ministers in the Karnataka cabinet has gone up to 34. However, portfolios are yet to be allocated for the newly sworn in ministers.

Actually, a draft list was leaked on Saturday, about which many Congress MLAs expressed concern. At the same time, party leaders also said that a final decision on the allocation of portfolios is yet to be taken.

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