The much-awaited cupboard enlargement in Karnataka is more likely to happen on January 13, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa mentioned on Sunday after he met prime BJP leaders together with its chief J P Nadda and Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.
“Now we have finalised seven names. January 14 is the competition. Most likely the oath-taking ceremony will happen on January 13 afternoon. I’ll affirm the names and portfolios later,” the chief minister informed reporters after arriving in Bengaluru from Delhi.
Earlier chatting with reporters in New Delhi after assembly Nadda and Shah, Yediyurappa mentioned that he would give excellent news quickly.
“On cupboard enlargement, there was an in depth dialogue. You’ll get excellent news quickly,” the chief minister informed reporters after an hour-long assembly held at Shah’s residence in Delhi throughout which state get together in-charge Arun Singh was additionally current.
He, nonetheless, evaded queries on whether or not he would have the ability to full his tenure, as there was hypothesis a few doable management change within the state following murmurs of discontent within the get together.
Sources mentioned the cupboard rejig is more than likely to happen earlier than January 20. The chief minister mentioned this was the “final assembly” to debate the cupboard enlargement and the ultimate names will probably be cleared as early as doable. The state can have a complete of 34 ministers and has 27 now.
There was a “optimistic, fruitful and passable dialogue. I’m pleased with the dialogue. …we are going to wait for his or her directions,” he mentioned, including the central management has assured its help.
The cupboard enlargement within the state has been on the playing cards for over a 12 months now, and the delay has led to some unease within the state unit.
The chief minister mentioned he instructed some names and expressed confidence that the central BJP management will reply positively.
“A 101 per cent that is the final assembly. They’re going to clear the names as quickly as doable,” he mentioned replying to a question.
Requested if he’s assured about finishing his tenure as chief minister, Yediyurappa replied, “It’s a query which solely you may reply.”
Amid studies of simmering discontentment amongst a bit of legislators on the functioning of the federal government and sure ministers, the chief minister not too long ago held area smart conferences with get together MLAs for 2 days.
All 118 BJP MLAs have expressed religion in Chief Minister Yediyurappa’s management, state ministers had mentioned on Tuesday, whereas asserting that the federal government was secure.
Nonetheless, it was not clear if the management subject was mentioned throughout Yediyurappa’s conferences with senior BJP leaders on Sunday.
Other than the cupboard rejig, the chief minister mentioned there have been discussions additionally on the upcoming bypolls within the state for one parliamentary and two Meeting seats.
“They requested me to ship the names of the candidates on the earliest for clearance,” he mentioned, including the management additionally informed him to make sure the get together’s victory on all three seats.
The senior get together leaders additionally expressed happiness over current gram panchayat outcomes, Yediyurappa added.
Yediyurappa’s son and state BJP Vice President B Y Vijayendra additionally pressured that the discussions on cupboard enlargement have been full.
“The chief minister has mentioned clearly that there will not be…additional talks on cupboard rejig. All points have been mentioned intimately,” he mentioned.
Vijayendra accompanied the chief minister to Delhi however was not current in the course of the conferences with BJP leaders. The cupboard rejig is predicted to be a tightrope stroll for the chief minister, contemplating that there are too many aspirants, from the get together’s outdated guard to Congress and JD(S) rebels who at the moment are BJP legislators.
Amongst these within the ministerial race within the state are MLAs Umesh Katti, Munirathna, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, M P Renukacharya, Aravind Limbavali and S R Vishwanath.
Three MLCs — C P Yogeshwar, MTB Nagaraj and R Shankar — are too aspiring for a ministerial berth.
One other MLC, A H Vishwanath, was additionally within the race however his hopes have been dashed when the Karnataka Excessive Court docket on November 30 barred him from turning into a minister till no less than Could this 12 months. Bypolls are scheduled for Maski and Basavakalyan meeting seats and Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency.
Whereas Maski fell vacant as a result of resignation of Congress MLA Pratap Gouda Patil in 2019, the bypoll to Basavakalyan and Belagavi seats have been necessitated following the demise of their representatives B Narayan Rao and Suresh Angadi, respectively, as a result of coronavirus.