Karnataka cabinet expansion delayed: CM

Karnataka cabinet expansion delayed: CM

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Bengaluru, Dec 12: Hinting at delay in his cabinet expansion, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday said he may not go to New Delhi within a week time to discuss the matter with the BJP high command.

After his government retained the majority in the Assembly by sweeping the December 5 bypolls, Mr Yediyurappa had said he would be travelling to Delhi soon to hold discussions with the BJP central leadership on the Cabinet expansion. “For three-four days, I will not go (to Delhi). Whenever national president (Amit Shah) asks me to come, I will go. Most probably I may not go for a week,” Yediyurappa told reporters in response to a question about his New Delhi visit.

The ruling BJP had swept the by-elections winning 12 of the total 15 seats, helping the four-month-old Yediyurappa government retain majority in the Assembly. Meanwhile, lobbying has intensified for ministerial berths, by both old guard and new entrants. Yediyurappa has made it clear that 11 disqualified MLAs (of the total 13 fielded by BJP), who successfully contested the bypolls on party tickets, would be made Ministers.

He has to give adequate representation to various castes and regions also in his cabinet, that currently has 18 ministers including the Chief Minister, and the sanctioned strength is 34. (UNI)