Karnataka cabinet expansion: Uneasy calm prevails among senior BJP leaders and Chief Minister Bommai
Bommai’s proposal has been agreed upon by the high command as well as former chief minister Yediyurappa
Uneasy calm prevails in the BJP Karnataka state unit leaders’ camp as they have got the news that the party is keen on replacing the elderly leaders with new faces
Keeping in mind the upcoming 2023 Assembly election, Karnataka’s new CM Basavaraj Bommai is likely to opt for 5 deputy chief ministers and 6-8 young new faces in his cabinet.
It is said that Bommai has proposed the creation of five deputy chief ministers to give representation to scheduled castes, tribes, other backward communities, Lingayat and Vokkaliga castes. – a jumbo team of Deputy CMs.
According to sources, Basavaraj Bommai said that the cabinet expansion might take place in the next week. With the increase in the covid-19 cases and floods in few districts of the state, this is a major decision taken by the CM recently. He had his first visit to New Delhi as CM and said that he “explained the necessity of early cabinet expansion” to BJP president J P Nadda.
Bommai also said that he will be visiting Delhi regarding the cabinet expansion and sought time from the BJP high command. In his latest meeting with the Prime Minister, he updated him of the present Covid situation including the shortage of vaccine in the state and floods in few districts of Karnataka.
Cabinet expansion will be the first big challenge for Bommai after taking the post as he will have to maintain balance within the party members while exercising the formation of the cabinet. This is keeping in mind that there are several party members who had joined BJP after quitting the Congress-JD(s) coalition in 2019.
According to sources, apart from the Prime Minister, Bommai also called on home minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath singh, Parliamentary affairs ministers Prahlad joshi and Jal shakti Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
The senior BJP leaders, who enjoyed plum postings, are said to be disturbed after the news of being laid off in the new cabinet reached them. Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, S. Sureshkumar, R. Ashok and former deputy chief minister. Govind Karajol are lobbying hard to retain their prominence in the party
Most of the legislators who joined BJP from the Congress are likely to make it to the cabinet. Yediyurappa has been continuously issuing sympathetic statements about them, party sources say.
Meanwhile, former ministers Umesh Katti, C.C. Patil, C.P. Yogeshwar, former deputy chief minister Lakshman Savadi and MLA Aravind Bellad are camping in New Delhi and are meeting senior leaders.
Will the directions from central leadership will be delayed as happened in formation of Yediyurappa Cabinet
Bommai is all set with his new plans to make the functioning of the state better. Now let’s see how that works out for him as well as the state in the upcoming days.