Bengaluru: In what comes as a huge relief to the 10 disqualified MLAs, who won the bypolls in December, the long-awaited Karnataka Cabinet expansion will finally take place. 

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday said that the Cabinet expansion would take place on February 6, with 13 MLAs taking oath of office.

“The Cabinet expansion will take place on February 6 with the oath-taking ceremony at the Raj Bhavan at 10.30 AM,” said Yediyurappa.

Thirteen MLAs, including 10 who had joined the BJP from parties, including Congress and the JD(S), will take oath.

The Cabinet expansion is on the cards for nearly two months ever since the BJP won the maximum number of seats in the December 5, 2019 bypolls and got a majority in the Karnataka Assembly.

After meeting Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda in Delhi on Friday, the CM had said that he had got a green signal for the expansion of his Cabinet. 

"I spoke to both Amit shah and Nadda for 25 minutes. They have asked me to go ahead with the Cabinet expansion any time. I've to discuss with a few people in Bengaluru and convince them. Everything will end in 3 days. I have given the list and they have agreed. No fresh deputy CM will be added," had confirmed Yediyurappa on Friday.

Yediyurappa has been under tremendous pressure from ministerial aspirants like Ramesh Jarkiholi, Shrimant Patil, BC Patil and others. But on the other hand, disqualified MLAs like AH Vishwanath are demanding ministerial berths too.  

Well, we’ll have to see how things unfold when Yediyurappa expands his Cabinet on Thursday.