Cabinet berth to Sorake irks Gopal Poojary


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There were celebrations all over the district as newly elected Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake was sworn in as the minister. Congress workers burst crackers, distributed sweets and took out road shows and rallies to mark the celebration.

Vinay Kumar Sorake told Deccan Herald that he was immensely happy with the high command’s move to identify him as the minister. He said he is not worried about the portfolio allocation as he is obliged to take up any task that has been bestowed on him by the party high command.

"I am only accepting the party high command’s decision and have never lobbied for the minister’s post. I look forward to work hard for the development of the district besides concentrating on the constituency. I will try my best to uphold the high command’s faith on me," he said.

Sorake who defeated his nearest rival Lalaji R Mendon of BJP with a margin of 1,855 votes in Kaup assembly segment has been sworn in as minister from Udupi district. The new minister who was the State President of NSUI from 1982 to 1987 was seen as the most probable candidate from the constituency.

He was the campaigner, for Land Reforms Movement in Karnataka and Member of Land Tribunals. He became MLA for two terms from 1985-1994 from Puttur assembly constituency in Dakshina Kannada. He was chosen as the Member of Parliament for Udupi Lok Sabha segment from 1999-2004.


Baindoor constituency MLA Gopal Poojary expressed his disappointment to Deccan Herald. "I feel only those people who lobby and indulge in unethical behavior including fraud, get recognition from the party high command. There is no place for honesty and integrity. I worked honestly for the development of the party as party’s president. I was instrumental in party’s success in parliamentary elections and also during ULB polls.

However, my contribution to the party was totally ignored. Only those who deceive and do not really commit to the party are honoured. It is sad, but I will continue concentrating on the development of my constituency as people of my constituency have brought me to power and it is my prime duty to keep up their trust on me by faithfully committing myself to the development of the constituency," he said.

I am happy that around four ministers in erstwhile Dakshina Kannada are given ministerial births and the move by the party high command will help in the overall development of the region. There is no place for regret over me not being chosen as minister. After all, it is party high command’s decision and we should respect to the decision taken by them. “I will concentrate on the development aspects of my constituency,” said newly - elect Udupi MLA Pramodh Madhawaraj.

Coastal districts celebrate as 4 get ministerial berths

Ramanath Rai, Khader, Abhayachandra Jain, Sorake take oath in Rajbhavan

Perhaps, May 18, 2013, would go down as a historic day in the political history of Dakshina Kannada district as the new Congress government in the State has allotted three ministers to the Port City. While Bantwal MLA B Ramanath Rai and Mangalore MLA U T Khader have been given the cabinet berths, Moodbidri MLA Abhayachandra Jain has been given the rank of Minister of State.

Ever since the Udupi district was carved out of undivided Dakshina Kannada district in 1997, there have been four elections - in 1999 (Janata Party), 2004 (Cong-JD(S) & JD(S)-BJP), 2008 (BJP) and 2013 (Congress) and for the first time three persons from DK have been made ministers by any government in the State.

While the J H Patel-led Janata Party government had only one minister (B A Moideen) from Dakshina Kannada district (Jayaprakash Hegde from Udupi), B Nagaraj Shetty became the minister from DK in 2004 and Krishna J Palemar was made the minister in 2008 elections.
However, the year 2013 proved lucky for three MLAs from the DK, the highest number of ministers ever since the Dakshina Kannada district was separated from Udupi in 1997.

Taking Kaup MLA Vinaykumar Sorake into account, the number of ministers in coastal districts would go up to four.

However, if you take the undivided Dakshina Kannada district into account, then the credit of giving highest number of portfolios goes to Veerappa Moily government (1992-94) when six MLAs from the coastal districts were made ministers. They include - Blasius D’Souza, Ramanath Rai, Manorama Madhwaraj and Vasanth Salian besides Veerappa Moily (Chief Minister).

Cong jubilant

The Congress leaders and party workers in Dakshina Kannada district erupted with joy as the district got its major share in the newly formed State cabinet on Saturday. The sense of expectation was naturally high as the district has given seven Congress MLAs in the recently held Assembly elections.

In return, three newly-elected MLAs from the district have been inducted in the ministry of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The party leaders and workers unanimously welcomed the moment when Bantwal MLA Ramanath Rai and Mangalore MLA U T Khader swore in as cabinet ministers and Moodbidri MLA Abhaychandra Jain swore in as the State Minister on Saturday. The party workers burst crackers in front of the District Congress office in Mangalore to celebrate the selection of three political leaders from the district as ministers.

Speaking to Deccan Herald after swearing in as the minister, Ramanath Rai said that the district has got its share which it rightfully deserved. “With three departments in hand, we three ministers can bring a lot of developmental work to the district. One of our first priorities will be to solve the drinking water crisis by constructing of dams under Pashchima Vahini Yojane,” he said.

Humbly accepting the ministerial berth, U T Khader emphasised on preventing the activities of communal and anti-social forces in the district. Decisions will be taken on the development model after holding discussions with the party’s senior leaders like B Janardhan Poojary, M Veerappa Moily, Oscar Fernandes and B Ramanath Rai.

Newly elected MLA from Belthangady Vasanth Bangera, Shakunthala Shetty from Puttur and Mohiuddin Bava from Mangalore North too welcomed the decision of the Congress high command. “As an MLA, I would look forward for special grants and projects to Dakshina Kannada, specially to solve the drinking water crisis ,” Shetty said.

Mohiuddin Bava too hoped that the coastal region can see a lot of development with three of its ministers getting ministerial berth.

Lessons to ministers

In a lesson to the newly inducted ministers representing DK and Udupi districts in the State Cabinet, senior Congress leader B Janardhan Poojary asked them to work with integrity and not fall prey for any wrong doings.

Addressing media persons on Saturday, Poojary said the party high-command by keeping away the ‘tainted’ MLAs from the ministry, has given a very clear message that the party would not entertain those involved in corruption.

The new ministers should work according to the expectations of the people, by not involving in activities that would defame them and the party. The voters have taught a lesson to the BJP in the last Assembly elections and they would teach the same lesson to the Congress too in the next election, if the party elected representatives indulge in malpractices, he warned.

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