CM Bommai leaves for Delhi amid speculation, lobbying over new cabinet

Bengaluru, Aug 1 (IANS): Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday evening left for New Delhi to discuss his cabinet expansion plans with the BJP high command on Monday.

Before leaving for the national capital on the 5.55 p.m. flight, Bommai told reporters that as he has received a call from central leaders, he was going there to discuss various issues, including his cabinet expansion, with them.

With his departure, speculations rife that the cabinet expansion is likely to take place in a day or two with at least 10 or 12 ministers, a source close to Bommai told IANS.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister had stated that the cabinet expansion would take place in a day or two once the list gets a formal nod from the party's central leaders.

Bommai was sworn-in as Chief Minister on July 28 after BJP veteran B.S. Yediyurappa resigned from the post on July 26, on completing two years in office.

At present, there is no other minister, even as the state is reeling under a spate floods in its north region, while the threat of a possible third wave of the Covid pandemic is looming large in the state.

Even as Bommai left for Delhi, ministerial aspirants are continuing lobbying to secure a berth in the new cabinet. While several legislators, including some former ministers, are shuttling between Delhi and Bengaluru to make it to the new cabinet, some have openly expressed their aspirations to become Ministers.

Ramesh Jarkiholi, M.P. Renukacharya, Munirathna and several of 12 of the Congress-JD-S defectors who joined the BJP to topple the Congress-JD-S coalition government in July 2019 and became ministers, are lobbying hard to get into the cabinet.

Besides these leaders, several old-timers in the BJP are seeking to use their RSS connections to secure a berth for themselves.

Supporters of BJP leader and Haveri MLA Neharu Olekar had been staging protests and demanding that he should be given an opportunity in the new cabinet as it is the wish of party workers from the constituency.

Even though senior BJP leader and former Minister K.S. Eshwarappa has been constantly maintaining that he would listen to party central leaders' decisions, he has been constantly making statements on why he should be in the cabinet too.

Senior leaders V. Somanna, and Umesh Katti have been saying that Bommai is close to them, and expressed that he would not form his cabinet without them.





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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    People, Ramesh Jerk hole could be made DCM considering his past 'Performance'....there are at least 6 more MLAs who have got stay from 'HONERALE' Court which prevents news channels from showing their 'Performance CDs'.... Last week my buddy Renukacharya also got a stay from same Court...preventing his 'Perforance CD'. being released... Bommai should make ALL these 8 guys minnisters in his first batch....and higher Courts should vacate this stay so Karnataka people could watch their 'PERFORMANCE' as well along with BJPeee leadership... ...Tak...Takk...

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    For every issue he has to travel to Delhi? Why Kannidagas are not capable to handle?

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    Now the actual problem starts.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    I only hope his own MLA's don't pass a "No Confidence Motion" ...

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  • Agnes, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    While we public fight in the name of Congress and BJP these morons want to get plum positions and freely eat our tax paid money. Development zero.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    CM post bodchi etthundu...., santhoshana galaaate..... and kaiwaada.....

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    One possible solution could be to make all defected 17 MLAs deputy CMs without any specifics portfolio in any field but as white elephants to eat tax payers money only to carry the tag as show piece saying Deputy CM while our PM has no Deputy PM because nobody has 56” chest like him.

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  • Ranjan, Bangalore

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    High command culture of congresss appears to be continuing in bjp All aspirants .. for ministry ..& CM going to Delhi ... Karnataka Administration in paralysis last many months COVID crisis .. Jobs .. floods etc all these are not important With modern communication tools .. zoom .. Microsoft etc etc why Delhi visits included COVID precautions.. Why tax payer burdened .. All these travel expenses . Security .. private jets Even most advanced countries in the world cannot afford ........ Atleast when FAX was popular Yester years politicians possibly more frugal You will receive FAX MESSAGE FROM HC ..standard message

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  • aithappa moolya, manglaore

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    after he comes back there will be infighting and govt will collapse for sure

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    Bommai got gold medal for the visits he makes to Delhi.......

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    Good luck sir.... Adopt Yogiji style of administration..

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    He has trained by HDD. His blood is JDs .

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  • ayes p, kudla/ksa

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    jungle raj administration

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