Karnataka cabinet expansion is likely to be delayed

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Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, who said earlier that he will go to Delhi soon after the by-poll results for getting the high command nod, could not even talk to the central leaders as they are busy with government formation in Bihar. 

The much awaited cabinet expansion of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government in Karnataka is likely to be delayed as the party’s central leaders are busy with Deepavali festivities and formation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Bihar.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, who said earlier that he will go to Delhi soon after the announcement of the by-election results in RR Nagar and Sira and get the central leadership’s clearance for the long due cabinet expansion, could not even talk to the central leaders after the party won both the seats.

Quoting sources in the Chief Minister's Office, The Hindu reported that Yediyurappa is likely to go to Delhi only after the festivities. The chief minister has seven berths in his cabinet to the filled. This include one berth that became vacant following the resignation of Tourism Minister C T Ravi following his appoint as BJP national general secretary.

Sources said that he would wait for another couple of days to hear from the Central leaders before he decides to call them. Though there have been talks about three Ministers being dropped from the Cabinet, it will be done in consultation with the Central leaders.

The exercise is not an easy task as there is a huge list of leaders aspiring to find a berth in the cabinet. Many of them have already started making a beeline to New Delhi for support from their godfathers in the party. However, the chief minister is constrained as he has to accommodate a few legislators who helped the party in toppling the JD (S)-Congress government led by HD Kumaraswamy.

Several BJP veterans like Umesh Katti, Murugesh Nirani and Arvind Limbavalli have been pushing for cabinet berths while Yediyurappa is keen on keeping his 2019 promise to rebels like Munirathna Naidu – who has won the poll from RR Nagar by poll – along with H Vishwanath and MTB Nagaraj, by making them ministers.

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