Cabinet expansion only after high command nod: Karnataka CM


Bengaluru, Sep 17 (IANS): While avoiding giving any concrete assurance about a possible cabinet expansion in the state, Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday said that such issues could be taken up only after the BJP high command gives him the green signal.

Speaking to reporters at Kalaburagi airport, Yediyurappa said, "I am ready for both, be it the cabinet expansion or the complete rejigging of the cabinet, provided such a direction must come from our party high command."

Yediyurappa is in Kalaburagi, which is 630 km from Bengaluru, to inaugurate the Kalyana Karnataka Utsav (celebrated to commemorate the Hyderabad-Karnataka Liberation Day and which was rechristened as Kalyana Karnataka Utsav last year). On this day, the region was liberated from the clutches of the Hyderabad Nizam.

In response to a question, the chief minister said it all depended on the party high command's decision whether to carry out the cabinet expansion or not.

"I am certainly leaving for New Delhi and going there to take part in Bhoomi Pujan (groundbreaking ceremony) of the Cauveri Hostel situated in Karnataka Bhavan. As part of my tour plan, I will go and meet our party leaders as well. I will discuss everything, including the cabinet expansion," he said.

He added that he was not going just for this purpose (cabinet) but was also going to demand additional funds from various ministries. "We faced floods as well as drought which is beside the Covid-19 outbreak. We, as a state, are facing several problems and we need to find solutions to tackle this. We are unable to take up any new work due to the Covid pandemic. So, I am going to meet every possible minister and demand more share of funds for us," he said.

Answering a question, the chief minister said that he had sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several ministers, and most of the Union ministers have confirmed their appointments. However, he is yet to receive confirmation from the Prime Minister's Office.

 

 

  

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    How will this centre dependent govt fight for Karnataka's rights or is it just take whatever is given and then try to manage.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    You are claiming in public is that you dont have the funds to pay the salaries / perks then how come you are going to expand the ministry which will be extra burden to the BUDGET ???? without expatiation the govt will not work ! then dissolve the assembly and impose the PRESIDENT RULE which is better CHOICE for the TAXPAYER.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    Cabinet expansion or contraction no benefit to the people. Instead put one Nandi as head of the state, atleast people will worship and put some money which can be used for poor people. Benefit for those who pray to deity and cows and easy money from hardworking tax payers. But in return these poor people have to take loan against their own money. How long this loan-govt survive????????...

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    This cabinet expansion is just for the benefit of the leaders and nothing will be delivered to the people.

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