It would be the third Cabinet expansion since Yediyurappa took office in July 2019 following the collapse of the Congress-JD (S) government.
File photo of BS Yediyurappa. PTI
Bengaluru: Karnataka’s Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Wednesday that seven new ministers would be sworn in later today, as he expands his cabinet by 17 months.
Noting that Excise Minister H Nagesh will be removed from the ministry, he said a place will remain vacant.
“The list of the seven new ministers who will be sworn in today has been sent to Raj Bhavan. Their names are Umesh Katti, Arvind Limbavali, MTB Nagaraj, Murugesh Nirani, R Shankar, CP Yogeshwar and S Angara, ”Yediyurappa said.
Speaking to reporters, he said other things would be discussed with the central party leaders who are coming.
“We have kept a vacant post, and (regarding) Nagesh… I will discuss with him and try to convince,” the chief minister said, indicating that he will be fired from the ministry.
The cabinet currently has 27 members and seven positions are vacant.
According to a statement from the state’s information department, Governor Vajubhai Vala will administer the oath of office and secrecy to new members who will be inducted into Cabinet at 3:50 p.m. at Raj Bhavan’s Glass House on Wednesday.
BJP Secretary General in charge of State Arun Singh is in town to attend the swearing-in.
This would be the third Cabinet expansion since Yediyurappa took office in July 2019 following the collapse of the Congress-JDS government following the uprising of 17 deputies from coalition partners.
It’s a mix of old wardens and newcomers from Congress and JDS entering the cabinet.
Keeping their promise, the Congress-JD (S) rebels turned BJP MLC R Shankar and MTB Nagaraj, who helped the Saffron party come to power, are inducted by Yediyurappa.
Another MLC Yogeshwar, who is said to have played a key role in managing rebel Congress-JD (S) MPs, during political unrest in the state in 2019, is also in the process of being inducted into the ministry.
Among the old party guards who arrive at the cabinet are Umesh Katti (Hukkeri), S Angara (Sullia), Murugesh Nirani (Bilgi) and Arvind Limbavali (Mahadevapura).
While Katti (eight times provincial deputy), Nirani and Limbavali (vice-president of the state BJP) were ministers in the previous BJP government, for Angara (six times provincial deputy), this will be his first stint as as minister.
However, the fact that RR Nagar N Munirthna MP was not on the list came as a surprise, as the Chief Minister, during the November 2020 electoral campaign in the constituency, announced that he would be appointed minister a once elected.
Munirathna was also one of the Congress-JD (S) rebels who switched to the BJP.
The enthronement of Shankar, Nagaraj and Yogeshwar will bring the number of MLCs in the ministry to five, with Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi and Muzrai Minister Kota Srinivas Poojari already in cabinet.
This has led to some resentment within the party, as many MPs are upset that those who are not directly elected by the people become ministers.
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