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If central leaders agree, new ministers will be sworn-in on Wednesday: Karnataka CM Bommai

With mounting pressure from legislators for Cabinet expansion and inclusion in the team, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai arrived in Delhi and met BJP General Secretary BL Santosh. Bommai, who will be meeting BJP National President JP Nadda by evening, stressed that if he gets approval, the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers will be held on Wednesday. He also hinted that ministers' post will not be limited to Bengaluru and Belagavi districts.

If central leaders agree, new ministers will be sworn-in on Wednesday: Karnataka CM Bommai-ycb
Bengaluru, First Published Aug 2, 2021, 2:48 PM IST

Karnataka CM Basavaraja Bommai arrived in Delhi for Cabinet expansion. The CM after arriving, addressed the media and said that he would meet JP Nadda and based on his recommendation and approval, Karnataka Cabinet expansion will be done.

He said that if he gets the approval today, new ministers will be taking oath on Wednesday. Bommai stressed that the Cabinet expansion will be done through calculation and ensure regional balance.

With this reaction, he has made it clear that the two districts, Bengaluru and Belagavi which used to get the lion's share in the Cabinet will be reduced this time.

It is said that importance will also be given to other districts in the coastal and Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

Anticipating resentment from some ministerial aspirants in case they miss the chance, Bommai said," All cannot be made ministers. Efforts will be made to take everyone along."

The CM also met BL Santosh, BJP General Secretary, Organisation in Delhi and said he is waiting for a meeting with JP Nadda and once he meets all the strategies will be discussed.

Meanwhile, ministerial aspirants Satish Reddy, Aravind Bellad, Masala Jayaram reached Delhi even before CM could arrive and are camping at Karnataka Bhavan.

Similarly, leaders like MTB Nagaraj from Hosakote, Preetam Gowda, and SR Vishwanath met BS Yediyurappa requesting lobbying on their behalf.

It is said that approval for a small Cabinet will be given. Some posts will be kept vacant to fill in the second round as the Cabinet expansion will definitely result in protest from some of the aspirants. Those leaders will be taken into confidence and the vacant posts will be filled by them. For other rebel lawmakers, the post of chairman will be assured in boards and corporations.

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