Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa meets PM Modi after 6 months, but no nod for cabinet rejig | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa met PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday — a first face-to-face interaction in six months — but he failed to win nod from the party leadership for immediate expansion of his cabinet.
The 15-minute meeting at Parliament House saw Yediyurappa inviting Modi to remote-inaugurate Bengaluru Tech Summit on November 19.
Sources said Yediyurappa sought permission from the PM to expand his cabinet during the monsoon session of the legislature starting on Monday, but the PM reportedly told him to discuss it with national party president JP Nadda. In the evening, Yediyurappa said Nadda would discuss the cabinet expansion with the PM and home minister Amit Shah before taking a call.
Sources claimed the CM requested Nada to allow him to expand the cabinet and include MLCs R Shankar and MTB Nagaraj in his team to reward them for their efforts in bringing the BJP to power. The two leaders, who resigned their assembly membership, have been pressuring Yediyurappa to induct them into the cabinet after they were made MLCs.
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For the remaining four berths, the CM reportedly asked the party high command to suggest names. In the race are Umesh Katti, CP Yogeshwara, Murugesh Nirani, MP Renukacharya, Vasant Bangera, GH Thippareddy and Appachhu Ranjan.
“Being a five-term MLA, I’m a ministerial aspirant,” said Madikeri MLA Appachhu Ranjan. Former minister SA Ramdas played a sentiment card: “A mother (BJP) never allows injustice to be meted out to her child.”
Renukacharya, who is in Delhi, said he was a strong contender to be a minister and cited his work as excise minister in the DV Sadananda Gowda cabinet to support his claim.
During his meeting, Yediyurappa requested Modi to announce Upper Krishna Stage -3 and Upper Bhadra projects as national projects and extend financial assistance. He sought the Centre’s approval for Mekedatu and Kalasa-Banduri projects and urged the PM to expedite the release of funds under NDRF, while appealing to the Centre to revise norms for assistance under SDRF and NDRF for the current year to ensure timely and adequate financial assistance to the distressed people.



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