Karnataka: Will expand cabinet soon, says Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had said last week that a cabinet expansion would occur after the results of the RR Nagar and Shira bypolls are announced. As the BJP won in both the constituencies, several BJP leaders, formerly with the Congress and JD(S), have begun lobbying for ministerial berths.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday said that his BJP will fulfil all its assurances made during the run-up to the bypolls, including inducting some of those who helped to form the government.
Interacting with reporters after the bypoll results were announced, with the ruling party winning both seats, he said that at this age, he does not wish to be seen as a man who did not fulfil assurances given to people.
"I have given assurances to some which I know, and they also know it. Whom all I have assured that they will be made ministers will surely be inducted into my cabinet, no matter what comes," he said.
BS Yediyurappa added that he would convene a meeting of senior party leaders in a day or two to discuss and finalise the modalities to carry out cabinet expansion at the earliest.
N Munirathna, who won by over 57,000 votes in RR Nagar, is an aspirant for the ministerial berth and is eyeing powerful portfolios.
At present, there are seven berths vacant in the state council of ministers.