Karnataka Cabinet Expansion Likely Next Week: CM Basavaraj Bommai

Basavaraj Bommai was sworn in as the new CM of Karnataka on 28 July.

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The Karnataka cabinet expansion could happen early next week, amid rising COVID-19 cases and the flood situation in several districts of the state, new Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Friday, 30 July, according to news agency PTI.

He said that he has explained the necessity of an early cabinet expansion in the meeting with BJP president JP Nadda.

"We will get the nod within next week. I have not discussed the list of probable ministers in today's meeting. But told the need of early decision on this issue," the 61-year-old leader told reporters in Delhi, as quoted by PTI.

The cabinet expansion will be a tough task for the new CM as he attempts to strike a balance between factions within the ruling BJP.

Bommai, who landed in Delhi on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as Home Minister Amit Shah in the national capital.

The CM said that he discussed vaccine shortage in the state and the flood situation with the PM and the latter has assured the state his full support.

He also met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

Bommai was sworn in as the Karnataka CM on 28 July, a day after he was selected for the post in the aftermath of BS Yediyurappa's resignation. Bommai was serving as the state's Minister of Home Affairs under the Yediyurappa government.

Yediyurappa, following his resignation, had said that he was not pressured to step down and will help the party return to power in the 2023 Assembly elections.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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