Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa, before leaving for Davos, Switzerland, said he had discussions with Amit Shah over Cabinet expansion. He further said that he will expand his Cabinet in two days after his return.
Bengaluru: The disqualified MLAs and aspiring BJP leaders in Karnataka can now breathe a sigh of relief as the long-awaited Cabinet expansion is finally on the cards. With chief minister BS Yediyurappa assuring to expand his Cabinet soon, he said his talks with Union home minister Amit Shah was a success and the exercise would be carried out within two days after his return from Davos.
Chief minister Yediyurappa told reporters, before leaving for Davos to attend the World Economic Forum meet, that he hoped his visit would help bring in large-scale investments to the state.
"On Cabinet expansion, I had detailed discussions for about half-an-hour (with Amit Shah on Saturday), got a good response. One or two days after I return from Davos, I will expand the Cabinet. There are no stumbling blocks for it," Yediyurappa said.
He also rubbished media reports about lack of clarity on the ministry expansion. "It is not right... there are no issues," he said.
Asked whether he would travel to Delhi to meet Shah after returning from Davos, Yediyurappa merely said, "It is natural for me to meet Amit Shah." According to the chief minister's tour programme, he will be back in the city on January 24.
Yediyurappa, along with Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Mansukh Mandaviya, as well as chief ministers, Amarinder Singh of Punjab and Kamal Nath of Madhya Pradesh, are among those expected to join over 100 Indian CEOs at Davos in the coming days for the WEF’s 50th annual meeting.
The delegation led by Yediyurappa includes industries minister Jagadish Shettar, chief secretary TM Vijaya Bhaskar and top officials of the state government. CM Yediyurappa, who was anxiously waiting for the high command's nod to expand his ministry amid intense lobbying by the aspirants, was keen on getting approval for it from Shah, but was asked to visit Delhi after returning from Davos, party sources said.
With PTI Inputs
Last Updated 20, Jan 2020, 1:22 PM