With his visit to the nation’s capital raising hopes among ministerial aspirants over the expansion or reshuffle of the Karnataka cabinet, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Tuesday that he would not hold any discussion on the matter with the BJP central leadership this time.
The Chief Minister, who arrived in New Delhi this morning, said he intended to discuss the Cabinet exercise with the central leadership during the visit, but BJP National Chairman JP Nadda and the Union Home Minister Amit Shah is not in town.
“I was planning to discuss the Cabinet but our Chairman Nadda ji and Amit Shah are out of town so after completing today’s programs I will be returning to Bangalore on Wednesday as there is a meeting Cabinet,” Bommai told reporters in response. to a question in New Delhi.
The CM is under pressure from aspirants to expand or reshuffle its cabinet as soon as possible, ahead of assembly elections next year.
Bommai, who met with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya earlier in the day, will have interactions with ambassadors from various countries in the evening regarding “Invest Karnataka 2022” – Global Investors Meet, which is to be held in november.
“….I will meet with ambassadors and diplomats from various countries to invite investors from these countries to the Global Investor Meeting, followed by a dinner. The state industry minister and his department are organizing this meeting,” he said.
Recently, Bommai had said he was ready to travel to New Delhi to discuss the Cabinet exercise, as soon as the BJP central leadership called him. BJP strongman BS Yediyurappa also hinted that the long-awaited expansion or reshuffle could take place this week.
Amid whispers in BJP circles that a top-down overhaul of the Cabinet cannot be ruled out, ministerial aspirants are hoping that a decision is likely to be made soon on whether to expand or reshuffle the Cabinet, and there is even talk that multiple incumbents could make way for fresh faces.
There are currently five vacancies in the State Cabinet, which has 29 ministers, including the chief minister, against a sanctioned complement of 34.
Some lawmakers have even advocated a Gujarat-style overhaul of Karnataka’s cabinet soon, to make room for new faces, ahead of assembly elections.