Newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said he has sought time from PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP chief JP Nadda to discuss the issue of cabinet expansion.
He said, “I’ve sought time. I plan to go to Delhi tomorrow. Nothing is finalised yet. Once they give time, I’ll fly to Delhi. Last night, PM Modi congratulated me. He said I should give good governance. I’ll go meet PM, HM and party chief JP Nadda.”
Expanding the Ministry will be the first big challenge before the new Chief Minister as he will have to navigate through the cabinet formation exercise by maintaining a balance between factions within the ruling BJP in the state.
There are several aspirants among the party old guard, and legislators who had joined the BJP after quitting the Congress-JD(S) coalition in 2019.
Bommai, who alone took oath on Wednesday, succeeding BS Yediyurappa, said he will try to expand the Cabinet soon.
“I had met central observers Dharmendra Pradhan, Kishan Reddy and general secretary (Arun) Singh (in the morning), they said let’s not discuss it today, once they go back to Delhi let’s see,” he said in response to a question by reporters on expanding the cabinet.
Basavaraj Bommai will also inspect the flood-hit areas in Uttara Kannada district today. He said repair and restoration works will be done on a war footing.
He met former CM BS Yediyurappa in Bengaluru ahead of his visit to the flood-affected district today.