Karnataka cabinet rejig not on cards now: BJP general secretary | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: BJP general secretary in-charge of the state Arun Singh has made it clear that cabinet expansion is ‘not in the scheme of things’ of the party brass.
“There is no plan as of now. What is the urgency when there are so many bypolls coming up?” Singh told STOI soon after he arrived in Bengaluru on Friday night.
Singh said he’ll ensure the party conducts core committee meetings every month and take all important decisions there.
This, he said, will put to rest opposition charges that Vijayendra is the de facto CM and Yediyurappa is the de jure CM. Also, it will address concerns raised by MLAs that the CM is not consulting them before taking key decisions or making appointments, he added.
Party insiders also suggested that the state cabinet rejig is likely to happen only after expansion of the PM Modi’s cabinet.
Endorsing Yediyurappa’s statement that he will complete his full term, Singh said: “There is no connection between the delay in granting permission for cabinet expansion and leadership change. These are two different issues and the party will address them separately.”
Quoting Singh’s earlier statement, Yediyurappa on Thursday had contended that he would complete the remaining two-and-a-half years of his tenure and that there’s no confusion in BJP.
This came amid intense speculation that the high command is considering leadership change in Karnataka considering Yediyurappa’s age (78) and health since he had been exempted for two years from the party’s unwritten 75-year age ceiling for holding offices and contesting elections. “Of course, he is above 75 but he is still fit enough to carry on the workload as chief minister,” Singh said.
No action against Yatnal

Asked whether the party would initiate action against senior BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal for making public statements, Singh said: “No really. He is our senior leader. He was a minister in the Vajpayee cabinet. But we will advise him not to make statements on leadership change in public.”
On the demand of some MLAs that Yediyurappa should hold the party’s legislature meeting instead of holding talks separately (region-wise), Singh said they will discuss all such issues in the party’s core committee to be held on Saturday and Sunday and take a call.
When quizzed about the sagging image of the party because of dissent and continued speculation over leadership change, Singh said: “I’ll be frequently holding meetings with all our legislators and try to understand their concerns and address them. I am working to counter negative publicity for our government which is partly because of the opposition and partly because of our partymen.”

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