Will expand ministry ahead of session if party agrees: BS Yediyurappa | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Ministerial aspirants continued to be on tenterhooks as CM BS Yediyurappa, on his return from a two-day Delhi trip on Saturday, said he is keen to expand the cabinet before the start of the monsoon session but is awaiting word from the BJP brass.
“My desire is to complete the process (before the session begins on Monday), but everything will depend on what the party leadership decides. I am hopeful that they will give the green signal on Saturday night or Sunday,” the CM said.
Will take decision based on PM’s suggestions: CM
f no approval comes from the Ihigh command by Sunday evening, the expansion will have to be postponed till the session ends on September 30,” the CM said, On Friday, Yediyurappa had met PM Narendra Modi and BJP president JP Nadda and explained the need for a cabinet expansion. He pointed out that disgruntlement is growing among ministerial aspirants. In Bengaluru, the CM said he spoke to Nadda for half an hour and the party chief said he would convince the PM and Union home minister Amit Shah.
Asked how many ministers could be inducted and if he would go for a reshuffle too, Yediyurappa said, “We will have to see, based on the suggestions given by the PM and the national president, I will take the decision”.
The cabinet rejig is expected to be a tightrope walk for Yediyurappa, considering the number of aspirants clamouring for berths. While many from the old guard are waiting for a chance, those who defected from Congress and JD(S) — AH Vishwanath, R Shankar and MTB Nagaraj for instance — believe their induction is long due. The cabinet currently has 28 members and six berths are vacant.
“My Delhi trip has been very successful. The PM and all ministers have responded positively to the requests we put forward for the development of Karnataka,” the CM said.
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