Bengaluru: The much-awaited Cabinet expansion will take place only after chief minister BS Yediyurappa returns from his Davos trip on January 24.Yediyurappa reportedly discussed with Union home minister and BJP national president Amit Shah on the issue of Cabinet expansion in Karnataka, which has been pending for over a month but yielded no results. 

Shah and Yediyurappa are said to have deliberated on the matter in the hour-long flight from Bengaluru to Hubballi on Saturday. 

The party held a close-door party meeting at a top hotel in Hubballi. The subject of expanding the cabinet, which currently has 16 vacancies, featured in the talks. Yediyurappa is said to have insisted on accommodating all 11 newly elected MLAs in the cabinet. These legislators were earlier a part of Congress and JD(S) and they contested the December bypolls on BJP tickets and won. 

The chief minister is scheduled to leave for Davos, Switzerland on January 19, to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Sunday morning and is expected to be back on January 24.

Yediyurappa has been under tremendous pressure from ministerial aspirants, including newly elected legislators. This included ministerial aspirants such as Ramesh Jarkiholi, Shrimant Patil, Mahesh Kumathalli, BC Patil and others. 

While according to reports fuming Ramesh turned away reporters saying he was not allowed to meet Shah, BC Patil said he was able to meet the BJP national president but ‘Cabinet expansion wasn’t discussed’. Shrimant Patil told reporters that he was “in no hurry” to become a minister.