Amit Shah’s proposed visit to Karnataka sparks buzz on cabinet rejig | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU/VIJAYAPURA: Union home minister Amit Shah’s proposed visit to the state next month has reignited speculation on the much-awaited cabinet expansion and leadership change in Karnataka.
On January 16, Shah will visit Vijayapura to inaugurate a unit of Indian Reserve Battalion and Bhadravati in Shivamogga, chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s home district, to lay the foundation stone for a new RAF unit.
Yediyurappa and ministerial berth aspirants are hoping to get a green signal for the cabinet expansion, which has been on the cards for over six months now. The fact that Yediyurappa will be meeting Shah for the first time in over eight months has only raised hopes. The CM, who had been to Delhi thrice in as many months to discuss the reshuffle, hadn’t got the chance to meet Shah, who’s expected to have the final word on the issue.
Yediyurappa has been under pressure from BJP legislators, especially MTB Nagaraj, R Shankar and Munirathna, who switched to the saffron party to form the government. It’s being said that Nagaraj and Shankar, who have been waiting to become ministers ever since they were elected to the legislative council three months ago, have had verbal altercations with Yediyurappa on two occasions over the delay in cabinet expansion. But the high command has maintained a stoic silence on the issue, leaving the CM perplexed.
On Thursday, Yediyurappa’s son and state BJP vice-president BY Vijayendra met party general secretary Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh in Delhi, reportedly to persuade him to let the CM take up cabinet expansion and put an end to speculation over change of guard. After the meeting, Vijayendra is said to have told his associates that the party will soon give its nod for the exercise after holding another round of consultations and four to five ministers will be dropped to make way for new faces.
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