Yediyurappa’s Delhi Check out for Cabinet Growth, Reshuffle Likely on Wednesday, State Sources
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is preparing a visit to Delhi this week to get the party high command’s nod for the cabinet expansion and reshuffle, sources close to him stated on Sunday. Yediyurappa’s Delhi visit, which is in the offing for quite a long time, might occur on Wednesday, the sources included.
He had told press reporters that the cabinet growth and reshuffle would be taken up not long after the by-elections to Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Sira Assembly constituencies. With cabinet expansion on cards, busy political activities and lobbying within the BJP circle have begun for ministerial positions.
Just Recently, a few BJP MLAs fulfilled at the residence of Watering Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi triggering speculation that it related to those who were striving for ministerial berths. Among those who went to the conference were Chitradurga MLA G H Thippa Reddy and Poornima Srinivas, who expressed their desire to find a place in the state cabinet.
Besides them, eight-time MLA Umesh Katti and Honnali MLA M P Renukacharya have actually expressed their desire to protect the desired posts. While Umesh Katti stated in Hukkeri on Saturday that he would be inducted in the cabinet, Renukacharya recently got in touch with the Chief Minister and reportedly asked him to consider his name whenever cabinet growth happened.
Besides them, Members of Legal Council M T B Nagaraj, A H Vishwanath and R Shankar, who had rebelled against their celebrations, resigned from the assembly and signed up with the BJP are also striving for slots. The Chief Minister has already made it clear that he would induct Munirathna in the cabinet as soon as he won the Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly bye-election.
Now that Munirathna has actually registered a thumping triumph in the bypoll, his induction in the cabinet is certain. The Karnataka cabinet makes up 27 ministers including the Chief Minister while there are 7 vacancies.
The Chief Minister had hinted that the next modification in the cabinet will not just be a cabinet growth but also a major reshuffle of portfolios. To pave way for the modification, the Chief Minister last week forwarded Tourism Minister C T Ravi’s resignation to the Guv, which was accepted.
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