Class 8 pass made Karnataka’s higher education minister; ‘So what?’ asks CM Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru: The newly appointed Karnataka CM made yet another controversial statement while defending his choice for the Higher Education Minister, who has studied till class 8.

“What have I studied? I’m working as the chief minister” was the response from HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday as he dismissed questions on allocating the higher education portfolio to GT Devegowda.

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Kumaraswamy, who holds a BSc degree, was asked about JD(S) minister GT Devegowda reportedly being upset at being given the higher education portfolio, especially when his own formal education has been limited to secondary education.

GT Devegowda emerged as a surprise big player after defeating former chief minister Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru in the May 12 assembly polls.

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“Some people will have the wish to work in certain departments, but in every department, there is an opportunity to work efficiently. We have to work efficiently. Is there a better department than higher education and minor irrigation to work?” says HD Kumaraswamy.

There will be demand for certain ministries, but certain decisions are made internally in the party,” he told reporters in Bengaluru, adding that such wishes of becoming a minister first and then wanting certain specific portfolios are common.

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