Bengaluru: For two ministers, prestige fight takes precedence over coronavirus

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Apr 4: Even as the country as a whole is engaged in a grim battle against coronavirus, two ministers from Karnataka who are expected to be at the centre of this action, are holding their self-prestige above other things. Because of this, in spite of the state having a minister for health and another for medical education, the primary and secondary education minister has been given the responsibility of briefing the media about coronavirus status.

It is common knowledge that health minister B Sriramulu, and medical education minister Dr K Sudhakar, are engaged in a cold war since the last three weeks. Because of this, the chief minister has handed over the responsibility of official declaration of coronavirus status to education minster, S Suresh Kumar. But this measure might prove to be counterproductive as Suresh Kumar is not known to be media savvy, and as education minster, he often resorted to Facebook and Twitter to make information public instead of going to the press.

Sriramulu (left) and Sudhakar

This also has created a piquant situation for the commissioner and secretaries of health and medical education departments as they are in a fix over whether to obey the instructions of their respective ministers or that of Suresh Kumar.

There had been differences between these two minsters over their respective jurisdiction on coronavirus handling. They used to vie with each other in addressing the press. Later, to clear the air, a gazette notification was issued, as per which the coronavirus issue was entrusted to Dr Sudhakar, even though the issue related to health department. The two ministers continued to be engaged in tussle over several issues including finalizing contracts and purchase of ventilators. It is said that the party cadre had conveyed to the central leadership about the serious dent the fight between the two personalities left on coronavirus handling in the state.

Reportedly, national president of the BJP J P Nadda, contacted the chief minister and asked him to address the differences between the ministers. On Friday, a meeting between the two ministers was held at the chief minister's home office, Krishna. As the issue of handling coronavirus infection continued to pose problems, the Friday bulletin was released by Suresh Kumar. In the meanwhile, efforts are on to address the differences between these two ministers and find an amicable solution early.



Comment on this article

  • Kennedy, Udupi/Erie, PA USA

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    In India becoming a politician (NOT EDUCATION) gives you qualifications to show your knowledge in everything, it may be Science, Medical/public health, epidemic/pandemic, Economy.
    I do not know the qualification of health minister Mr. B Sriramulu, however medical education minister Dr. K Sudhakar has a Dr. suffix, so I think he is more qualified to handle COVID 19.
    As far as finalizing the contracts and purchasing the ventilators what is the ultimate motive!!! which everyone knows!!!

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  • Rational thinker, MANGALURU

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Karnataka citizens did not elect them to fight with each other over personal egos.
    Please also note even their salaries paid by tax payers' hard earned money.
    It is high time they realize this and start working for the welfare of the people.

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  • smr, Karkala

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    The health minister B Sriramulu has the powerful connection of Bellary Reddys which BJP government will never like to play.

    This shows Karnataka BJP is only good for 'Operation Kamala' and managing five star hotel stay of the opposition leaders.

    There are no protective equipment for the Doctors and these ministers fighting to take credit.

    Jai Hind

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    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Send them to Kasargod for few days to take rest.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    😆😆😆😆😆😆....good comment..good conclusion..

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  • Thousif, Manglore, Bolar

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    They only three work buy MLA need Minister seat and Muslim Muslim .. useless government..

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    If they don't behave in time of crisis. Yediurappa should sack them forthright. People are with CM.

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  • k b r, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    this is the result if an uneducated person becomes Minister...

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Dr. Sudhakar is a medical doctor. Not a joker

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    No work & only wants to take credit ...

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    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    The beast and the hunter ! They dont care about anything but prestige !

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