Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Expands His Cabinet, 17 MLAs Take Oath As Ministers
Three weeks after he took oath as the Chief Minister and running the government with a "one-man cabinet" for over 20 days, Yediyurappa finally has a full cabinet now.
The legislators who sworn-in today were Govind Karjol, C.N. Ashwath Narayan, Laxman Savadi, K.S. Eshwarappa, R. Ashoka, Jagadish Shettar, B. Sreeramulu, S. Suresh Kumar, V. Somanna, C.T. Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, Kota Srinivas Poojari, J.C. Madhu Swamy, Chandrakantagouda Patil, H. Nagaesh, Prabhu Chauhan and Jollie Shashikala Annasaheb. Jollie is the lone woman in the cabinet. Of the 17, 16 belong to the BJP and one, H. Nagesh, is an Independent MLA from Mulbagal assembly seat.
C N Ashwath Narayan & Govind M Karjol take oath as Karnataka Cabinet Ministers, in Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/8rTgPtGudV
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Yediyurappa earlier on Monday said, "The cabinet expansion will take place between 10:30 AM, and 11:30 AM tomorrow. I have already written a letter to the Governor in this regard (to administer oath). I have asked the Chief Secretary to make all arrangements."
After returning from Delhi on Saturday night, Yediyurappa said he had held talks with Shah and would get clear instructions from the central leadership by Monday evening on who all were to be inducted.
Yediyurappa has had a tightrope to walk during the cabinet expansion as he had to craft a fine caste and regional balance in view of a large number of aspirants. But with the high command having its final say, any voices of open expression of dissent were unlikely, sources said.
They pointed out that there was no open expression of ministerial aspirations or lobbying for posts as legislators feared that it may go against their interests. With no decision yet by the Supreme Court on disqualified Congress-JD(S) MLAs, whose resignation from the Assembly paved
the way for the BJP to gain power, the Chief Minister has no immediate compulsion to accommodate them.
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