Karnataka cabinet expansion: BJP to induct only 10 ministers

Karnataka cabinet expansion: BJP to induct only 10 ministers

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Bengaluru: Wary of revolt by disgruntled BJP legislators, Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa has decided to induct only 10 newly-elected MLAs in the second cabinet expansion on Thursday, a party official said.

Instead of earlier plan of sending 13, only 10 names of new ministers were sent to Raj Bhavan for the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday by the Karnataka Chief Minister.

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office to the 10 MLAs in the glass house of Raj Bhavan on Thursday in the presence of Yediyurappa, cabinet ministers, officials and party's state leaders.

As the BJP high command is pre-occupied with the February 8 Delhi Assembly elections, induction of three more MLAs had to be deferred amid fears of revolt by dissidents.

It is learnt that the Chief Minister will meet the high command after the Delhi Assembly election results (February 11) for seeking its approval to fill the remaining 6 cabinet berths. Though names of the MLAs who have taken oath on Thursday include Ramesh Jarkiholi, S.T. Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj, K. Sudhakar, Shivaram Hebbar, Shrimanth Patil, B.C. Patil, and Anand Singh (all ex-Congress) and K. Gopalaiah and K.C. Naryana Gowda (ex-JD-S) would be sworn-in as cabinet ministers.

In the first cabinet expansion on August 20, 2019, 17 legislators were inducted into the ministry with three as Deputy Chief Ministers. The second expansion on Thursday will take their total to 28, including the Chief Minister. Six vacancies remain to be filled in the third expansion.