Cabinet expansion: Uneasy calm prevails among BJP leaders

Bengaluru, Jul 31 (IANS): Uneasy calm prevails in the BJP Karnataka state unit leaders camp as they have got the news that the party is keen on replacing the elderly leaders with new faces, sources said.

According to sources in the party, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the party top brass are said to have agreed upon giving chance to 6 new faces in the cabinet.

It is said that Bommai has proposed the creation of five deputy chief ministers to give representation to scheduled castes, tribes, other backward communities, Lingayat and Vokkaliga castes.

Bommai's proposal has been agreed upon by the high command as well as former chief minister Yediyurappa, sources explain.

Though, RSS leaders are said to be hesitant on forming a cabinet on caste lines. They are also of the opinion that the creation of posts of deputy chief ministers will create unnecessary rivalry among themselves.

The senior BJP leaders, who enjoyed plum postings, are said to be disturbed after the news of laying them off in the new cabinet reached.

Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, S. Sureshkumar, R. Ashok and former deputy chief minister Govind Karajol are lobbying hard to retain their prominence in the party.

The party has decided to induct 21 to 25 ministers into the cabinet in the first phase. After seeing reactions, decisions will be made in future, sources claimed.

But, most of the legislators who joined BJP from the Congress are likely to make it to the cabinet. Yediyurappa has been continuously issuing sympathetic statements on them, party sources say.

Meanwhile, former ministers Umesh Katti, C.C. Patil, C.P. Yogeshwar, former deputy chief minister Lakshman Savadi and MLA Aravind Bellad are camping in New Delhi and are meeting senior leaders.








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  • prem, moodbidri

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    During election "Naavella Hindu... Naavella Ondu". After election, vokkaliga, lingayat, brahmana, kuruba etc etc...!!!

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  • kateel pai, vitla

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Why is everybody clamoring to be a minister? I am sure that is not the only way to serve... Maybe they should have a rotation policy.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    due representation should be given to ಕೊಂಕನಾಡು (ie. konkan region comprising d.k., udupi and u.k. districts...

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  • Michael, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Why 5 Deputy CM? Make all MLA'S Deputy CM's so that there is no revolt and can run government without any problem. Shame on BJP. You came to power illegally by Operation Kamala. Now face it.

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  • shan, udupi

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    All Hindus united and elected BJP to power....... When they got power they started dividing Hindus caste wise...... Shame on Indian caste system...... The people are very much interested in only caste politics not in development.

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  • S.F.H, Indian

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    For BJP it is cast and money first...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    I had warned that - All MLA's will want to become DCM ...

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  • Deepak, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    CM: From "Chief" Minister to "Caste" Minister

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Now 3 years term only engaging in infight caste religion with suffron outfits.

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Are you referring karnataka politics or Punjab, Rajasthan or Maharashtra...

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Sat, Jul 31 2021


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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Chaddidhari Chintus will never improve their general knowledge!!! Their knowledge is limited to Cow-dung and Gau-Mutrr ONLY, Where as Ranga-Billa taking the advantage of Chaddidari Chintus absurd knowledge!

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