Didn’t make berth promises: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday denied that he had given assurances to BJP members who are eyeing cabinet positions, saying the central BJP leadership would decide on the appointments.
Yediyurappa held a series of meetings with party legislators on Tuesday to address their grouses. Some cabinet hopefuls, including MLC R Shankar and senior MLA Umesh Katti, later claimed that he had asked them to stick around in Bengaluru for imminent cabinet expansion.
“Someone (ministerial aspirant) may have given a statement… But why would I make a promise? Naturally, whoever must become a minister will. Central leaders will take the final call,” Yediyurappa told reporters.
Shankar said on Tuesday that he had learned that cabinet expansion would take place in two or three days. MLA MP Renukacharya, who is the chief minister’s political secretary, said that no discussion on cabinet expansion or reshuffle had taken place as national BJP general secretary Arun Singh had asked Karnataka BJP to wait for the right time.
Ahead of party meetings in Shivamogga last week, Singh told TOI that cabinet expansion might not take place soon as the BJP top brass was busy with other issues.
According to some BJP functionaries, there will be more clarity after Union home minister Amit Shah’s two-day visit to the state. Shah is scheduled to attend a Jan Sevak rally in Bhadravati, Shivamogga, and Belagavi on January 16-17.
Yediyurappa has been waiting for about eight months to make changes to his council of ministers. He made multiple trips to Delhi last year, but failed to get the nod, which fuelled speculation about leadership change.
The cabinet exercise will be tricky as there is a crowded field of aspirants. Currently, the cabinet has 27 members; seven spots are vacant.

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