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Basavaraj Bommai says not thought about meeting BJP high command during Delhi visit, amid pressure to expand or rejig cabinet

With polls scheduled next year, there is pressure mounting on the CM to expand or rejig his cabinet soon, after the recent Assembly elections in five states.

April 28, 2022 / 12:05 PM IST
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai.

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai.

Amid signals of disgruntlement among a section of the ruling BJP in Karnataka, about the delay in expansion or reshuffle of the cabinet, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai who will be on an official visit to Delhi on April 30, Thursday said he has not thought about meeting the party high command for now. With polls scheduled next year, there is pressure mounting on the CM to expand or rejig his cabinet soon, after the recent Assembly elections in five states.

"I'm going to Delhi tomorrow night, on April 30 there is a conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of all states, I will attend that and come back," Bommai told reporters here. Asked if he will be meeting BJP high command leaders during the visit, he said, "As of now I have not sought anyone's time, haven't thought about it, let's see later."

With the cabinet exercise taking time, voices of discontent seem to be brewing within the ruling BJP, as party MLA M P Renukacharya on Wednesday had openly expressed displeasure about the delay and working of few ministers. The MLA, who is also the Chief Minister's political secretary, said several party legislators are of a similar opinion, and they feel that if new faces are inducted into the cabinet, they would work aggressively and bring good name to the BJP and the government ahead of the 2023 assembly polls.

Bommai has been maintaining that he is awaiting for a direction from BJP central leadership to carry out the cabinet exercise. There are currently 29 ministers in the state cabinet, including the Chief Minister, as against the sanctioned strength of 34.