Karnataka cabinet expansion: CM Bommai says oath-taking at 2:15pm today
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said that an expansion of the state cabinet will take place on Wednesday evening, once the clearance for the same is received from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) central leadership in the morning. The swearing-in of the new ministers, as part of the cabinet expansion, will take place at 2:15pm on Wednesday, according to reports citing government officials familiar with the development.
"We will get the official council of ministers list who will take oath at Raj Bhavan," Bommai was quoted as saying by news agency ANI, while the chief minister was speaking to reporters in Delhi. "The ceremony will take place at 2.15pm at Raj Bhavan."
Earlier, the chief minister said that the oath-taking ceremony will be held "in the evening", once the central leadership provides its clearance for the same on Wednesday morning.
Basavaraj Bommai, who took his own oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka on July 28, arrived in Delhi on August 2 to discuss the plans for the state cabinet expansion with the BJP national president JP Nadda.
Bommai indicated that there is a growing contention among party leaders of the state against the continuing deputy chief ministers appointed by former Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa, Bommai's predecessor, during his tenure.
Bommai simply said that there is a "difference of opinion" on whether to continue the deputy chief minister post. He added that the central BJP leadership has decided to take decisions regarding the Karnataka cabinet expansion only after discussing the matter with Yediyurappa.
There is also the matter of BY Vijayendra, Yediyurappa's son, who has been reported to be anointed a position in the new cabinet. "Regarding BY Vijayendra, the party will take a final call," Bommai told reporters.
Bommai said that he had briefed Nadda, in a detailed manner, on the ground situation in Karnataka. Based on such discussions, a decision over the Karnataka cabinet expansion will be taken, he added.
The Monday tour to Delhi was Basavaraj Bommai's second visit to the national capital. On July 30, he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During his two-day visit to the national capital earlier, he also met several Union ministers, including home minister Amit Shah and defence minister Rajnath Singh, among others.