Bengaluru: The much-awaited Cabinet expansion took place on Wednesday, as 7 BJP legislators notably a mix of MLAs and MLCs were inducted as ministers today, dashing the hopes of BJP old-timers.

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to 7 new ministers in Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s Cabinet.

Ministers MTB Nagaraj, Umesh Katti, Aravind Limbavali, Murugesh Nirani, R Shankar, CP Yogeshwar, Angara S took oath at the Raj Bhavan. MTB Nagaraj, R Shankar are turncoats who defected from Congress and JD(S).

Chief minister BS Yediyurappa, his cabinet colleagues, BJP leaders and office bearers, including general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Arun Singh, state unit President Nalin Kumar Kateel, senior state government officials, family members and supporters of the new ministers, among others, were present.

This is the third expansion of the cabinet since Yediyurappa assumed charge in July 2019 after the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) government in the wake of revolt by 17 MLAs of the coalition partners.

Yediyurappa has been under tremendous pressure with party old timers demanding for a berth. According to reports, BJP might face rebellion in coming days as leaders like Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and AH Vishwanath have openly voiced their dissent.

Visibly upset Yatnal is preparing to release a CD to turn things around as he failed to get a berth in Yediyurappa’s Cabinet.  

The decision regarding the much-awaited cabinet expansion was taken after the Karnataka CM met Union home minister Amit Shah at latter's residence in Delhi on Sunday. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President JP Nadda and party's in-charge for Karnataka, Arun Singh were also present at the meeting.