Cabinet rejig: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa to hold two meetings today | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: After multiple attempts to get the party leadership nod to expand his cabinet, chief minister BS Yediyurappa has called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday morning followed by a discussion with state MPs in the evening.
This has triggered speculation that he plans to mount pressure on party brass with the help of MPs and ministers given chatter about a change of guard. A slew of appointments to statutory bodies over the past two days has reinforced this possibility.
After returning from a three-day Mysuru visit, he met ministers to reportedly plan his strategy, party sources said, adding that he’s determined to expand the cabinet over the next 4-5 days.
However, an MP from Bengaluru close to Yediyurappa said it’s a courtesy call since it’s customary for the CM to meet state MPs once in three or six months. Another said the meeting follows Chamarajanagar MP V Srinivasa Prasad stating that Yediyurappa doesn’t consult them (MPs) anymore.
CM may go to Delhi today or tomorrow
On Thursday, senior cabinet colleagues CN Ashwath Narayan, Laxman Savadi, R Ashoka and Basavaraj Bommai went to Delhi for CT Ravi’s office inauguration. They have been reportedly tasked by Yediyurappa to meet party brass and secure an appointment with Union home minister Amit Shah or PM Narendra Modi. Water resources minister Ramesh Jarkiholi is already camping in Delhi.
If the leadership responds positively, Yediyurappa may go to Delhi on Friday evening or Saturday morning to meet Shah or Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, sources in Delhi said Shah has cancelled all appointments till Sunday.
Hike in reservation for Lingayats?

The cabinet will take a call on hiking reservation for the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community in employment and education from the existing 5% to 15% and resolve to recommend their inclusion in the OBC category. The government reportedly plans to bring the major community under category 2A from 3B so that it gets higher reservation. Under 3B, Lingayats now enjoy 5% reservation , while under 2A, it will be 15%. “If this happens, there could be a storm,’’ sources added.

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