Basavaraj Bommai's maiden Delhi visit as CM, meets Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Newly appointed Karnataka CM Bommai made his first official Delhi trip to meet PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Rajnath Singh and BJP National President JP Nadda to express his gratitude for appointing him CM. The CM addressing news reporters stressed that the Cabinet expansion will be done only after consultation with national president JP Nadda.
Karnataka's newly appointed Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has ruled out the talks of Cabinet expansion during his maiden Delhi visit as CM and stressed that meeting with PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah will only be limited to expressing gratitude and seeking cooperation from the Centre in smooth administration in Karnataka.
Bommai first met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and later met HM Amit Shah. Bommai told the reporters that the meeting with PM Modi has been fixed at 4 pm today.
To a question on Cabinet expansion, he told reporters that he will not be discussing the Cabinet expansion with either PM Modi or Home Minister Amit Shah and stressed that only after consultation with BJP national president JP Nadda, the cabinet expansion process will begin.
The CM will also meet Karnataka MP and Ministers in the central Cabinet over lunch at 1 pm.
The CM will be staying tonight at the national capital and after meeting Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tomorrow, he will return to the state.
He also informed that he will be holding a video conference with officials in Karnataka's flood-impacted districts and Chief Secretary. Bommai stated that with an increase in Covid cases in neighbouring states like Kerala and Maharashtra, he has instructed to intensify checking at the borders and tracing of contacts.
To a question on many aspirants expecting ministerial berths and possible dissidence for missing out and the challenges he would face, he said the party (central high command) has the strength to address these challenges.
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