The Karnataka Cabinet expansion is set for February 6. Out of 17 leaders who quit the Congress-JDS government in July 2019 and later joined the BJP hoping for better political future, seven will not see the minister’s seat for sure.
While Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala will administer the oath to new ministers on February 6, and rebel leaders who quit the Congress-JDS government last year and joined the BJP will find themselves in a good position, there are a few leaders who will curse their fate as they will not be made ministers for sure.
The Supreme Court’s directive that disqualified leaders cannot be made ministers if they do not win in the by-election, will be used in quelling possible dissidence from MTB Nagaraj, H Vishwanath, Munirathna Naidu, Pratapgouda Patil, R Shankar and even R Roshan Baig.
While Nagaraj and Vishwanath suffered a humiliating defeat in the by-election in Hoskote and Hunsuru Assembly segments, Munirathna Naidu from RR Nagar and Pratapgouda Patil of Maski face allegations of election rigging and the matter is pending before court, and these two segments could not witness by-elections in December. R Shankar from Ranebennur, was not given ticket to contest.
Muslim leader from Shivajinagar, R Roshan Baig who launched a scathing attack on Congress leaders including AICC general secretary KC Venugopal, called him buffoon, resigned and asked Muslims to join BJP, will not be made minister as his name was dragged in the infamous IMA Ponzi scam of multiple crores.
Baig did not Join the BJP, but his arrival at BS Yediyurappa's oathtaking ceremony was a sign that he was with the BJP.
Byrati Basavaraj, KR Puram MLA, who is sure of making it to the BSY Cabinet had earlier cited the same 'technical point' as the reason why some of his friends who jumped ship last year may not be made ministers.
Last Updated 3, Feb 2020, 3:07 PM