Cabinet expansion: BJP 'rebel' MLA Yatnal tipped for post

Bengaluru, Jan 11 (IANS): Karnataka BJP 'rebel' MLA, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, who waged a lone battle against Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa's style of functioning, is tipped for a Cabinet post in the long-awaited Cabinet expansion that is scheduled for January 13.

Party sources told IANS that Yatnal is likely to be inducted into the Cabinet only to keep a check on the growing interference of Yediyurappa's youngest son, B.Y. Vijayendra, who has often been accused by the party leaders of taking undue advantage due to his father's position.

Basanagouda Patil Yatnal

Other than Yatnal, Aravind Limbavali, apparently being rewarded for Madhya Pradesh government toppling operation, Rupali Naik, MLA Karwar under women's quota, Umesh Katti, MLA, Lingayat quota, Munirathna Naidu who crossed over to BJP from Congress, M.P. Renukacharya and S.R. Vishwanath - both staunch loyalists of Yediyurappa, are also expected to be inducted into the Cabinet.

"This list is approved by none other than Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J.P. Nadda during Yediyurappa's meeting with them," a leader said.

It is worth noting here, that Yatnal had been lashing out at Yediyurappa and his son, Vijayendra, openly and even set the date that after Makar Sankranti festival, Yediyurappa would be replaced by a leader from north Karnataka region.

On his return from Delhi, Yediyurappa had said that the central leadership had finalised seven names. "January 14 is the festival (Makar Sankranti). Most probably the oath-taking ceremony will take place on January 13 afternoon. I will confirm the names and portfolios later," he said.

Among those in the ministerial race in the state are three MLCs - C.P. Yogeshwar, M.T.B. Nagaraj and R. Shankar. While another MLC, Adaguru H. Vishwanath, was also in the race but his hopes were dashed when the Karnataka High Court on November 30 barred him from becoming a minister until at least May this year.

At present, apart from these leaders, nearly dozen legislators are lobbying hard to secure Cabinet berths for themselves.

Bypolls are scheduled for Maski and Basavakalyan Assembly seats and Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency. While Maski fell vacant due to the resignation of Congress MLA Pratap Gouda Patil in 2019, the bypoll to Basavakalyan and Belagavi seats were necessitated following the deaths of their representatives B. Narayan Rao and Suresh Angadi, respectively, due to the Covid pandemic.






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  • Ramesh Rao, Mysore

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Its probably the last opportunity to replace worthless, highly inefficient Yeddi.
    The retiree has become BJPs biggest liability in Karnataka.
    Accomodating Yatnal (lingayat) may be a temp ceasefire but if the likes og Renukacharya, Muniratna, MTB...etc are made ministers, God alone help Karnataka.
    While Motu Bhai & Namo are in their glass houses, Yeddi & Son are actually offering the state on a platter to DKS!

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    He is Yogi style thug with minority bashing and zero imagination to bring any development.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    MLA Yatnal will get 'Gajar Ka Halwa' ...

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Mon, Jan 11 2021


    Wow....if Yetnal is made Yeddy's Cabinet Minister....Yeddy will have tough time in his own Cabinet !!!....

    Yeddy thinks his Cabinet expansion is good news !!!!... In fact its very bad news for BJPeee to make Vishwa Natha, Muni Ratna etc Ministers....BJPeee will pay a very heavy price for this during 2023 assembly election.... Yeddy does not care because he wont be there as BJPee CM candidate in 2023....

    'Hucchu Mund* maduveyalli undavane Jana' is yeddy's attitude now !!!!...

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  • Vish, Udupi

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Well, BJP knows to handle such situations so people like you just relax.

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