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Karnataka BJP cabinet expansion Updates: Governor Vajubhai Vala administers oath to 17 MLAs as ministers

Karnataka BJP cabinet expansion Live Updates: Governor Vajubhai Vala administered oath to 17 MLAs as ministers at the Raj Bhavan today. Jagadish Shettar, B Sreeramulu, Suresh Kumar were among those to have been sworn in.

FP Staff August 20, 2019 12:45:34 IST
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Karnataka BJP cabinet expansion Updates: Governor Vajubhai Vala administers oath to 17 MLAs as ministers

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Aug 20, 2019 - 11:04 (IST)

Lingayat community bags lion's share of cabinet seats

 The dominant Lingayat community, which is also BJP's core voterbase in Karnataka, has been rewarded with the lion's share in state cabinet. The party has included eight people from this caste grouping (including Yediyurappa) into the cabinet, which means roughly 44 percent representation for the community in the cabinet. 

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:59 (IST)

Governor Vajubhai Vala administers oath to 17 MLAs as ministers

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered oath to 17 MLAs as ministers at the Raj Bhavan today. Jagadish Shettar, B Sreeramulu, Suresh Kumar were among those to have been sworn in. 

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:40 (IST)

Dakshin Kannada, coastal belt residents rue lack of representation 

Several people from North Karnataka, which is ostensibly a BJP strong base, rued the lack of representation in the state cabinet for the region despite electing BJP on most seats.  Likewise, the Hyderabad-Karnataka region of the state, which is one of the most underdeveloped, also failed to get respresentation in the list of cabinet ministers. Meanwhile, Bengaluru urban region alone bagged four ministerial berths in the BS Yeddyurappa cabinet. 

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:06 (IST)

BSY cabinet bears mark of BJP high command

Speculations were rife that delay in the cabinet formation in Karnataka was due to the BJP high command being occupied in piloting crucial bills in the Parliament and taking stock of the flood situation across northern and coastal regions.

Amid criticism from the Opposition and pressure within on cabinet formation, chief minister BS Yediyurappa to confirmed that he would discuss the matter with the central leadership during his visit to Delhi next week. The chief minister finally got the nod to expand the Karnataka Cabinet on Monday.

Aug 20, 2019 - 09:46 (IST)

BS Yediyurappa names four MLAs from Bengaluru in cabinet 

Four of the 17 MLAs named in the list of ministers who will take oath today are from Bengaluru. BJP's R Ashok from Padmanabhanagar Assembly Constituency, V. Somanna representing Govindarajanagar, Nimma Sureshkumar, MLA from Rajajinagar assembly constituency, and Ashwathnarayan from Malleshwaram have all made it into the first list of Cabinet ministers 

Aug 20, 2019 - 09:35 (IST)

Traffic restrictions imposed around Raj Bhavan ahead of oath-taking ceremony

The Bengaluru traffic police has put out an advisory in view of the oath-taking ceremony program at governor's residence. "Motorists are requested to travel along the specified routes due to the traffic congestion during the valid ministers' oath-taking program at the Rajya Sabha on 20-08-2019," Bengaluru Traffic Police tweeted. 

Aug 20, 2019 - 09:19 (IST)

BJP may accomodate JD(S), Congress rebels in ministry upon re-election in bypolls, say reports

The then speaker Ramesh Kumar had disqualified 17 Congress-JD(S) rebel under the anti-defection law till the end of the assembly term, which they have challenged in the Supreme Court. Only on getting any relief from the Supreme Court can the disqualified MLA contest the bypolls. Sources told PTI that if they get re-elected, BJP plans to make them Ministers as promised and that is the reason Yediyurappa has not filled up all the ministerial positions in one go. 

Aug 20, 2019 - 09:16 (IST)

BSY skips Congress, JD(S) rebels in cabinet expansion 

 As the list of ministers, who will take oath today was made public, the names of all the rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs who literraly paved way for a mid-term upheaval of power were missing. The dreams of a ministerial position in the BJP government were watered down by Karnataka Assembly speaker who disqualified all these MLAs for defying their party whip.

However, with no decision yet by the Supreme Court on their disqualification, the Chief Minister was anyway not under any immediate compulsion to accommodate them.

Aug 20, 2019 - 08:54 (IST)

Independent MLA H Nagesh to be included in BSY Cabinet after he quit previous JD(S)-Congress govt

Independent MLA H Nagesh is among the 17 people whos will e administered oath at 10.30 am by Governor Vajubhai Vala.  Nagesh was one of the 17 rebels who had effectively toppled the JD(S)-Congress government in July.

Nagesh had resigned as minister in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka on 8 July and at the same time announced his support to the BJP. In January, Nagesh came out in support of the BJP but changed his stand after he was made a Minister on 14 June.

Aug 20, 2019 - 08:40 (IST)

17 MLAs set to become ministers in Karnataka Cabinet; dissent in party unlikely due to high command's involvement in decision

 

BS 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.


Karnataka BJP cabinet expansion Meeting Latest Updates: Governor Vajubhai Vala administered oath to 17 MLAs as ministers at the Raj Bhavan today. Jagadish Shettar, B Sreeramulu, Suresh Kumar were among those to have been sworn in.

Several people from North Karnataka, which is ostensably a BJP strong base, rued the lack of representation in the state cabinet for the region despite electing BJP on most seats. Likewise, people from Hyderabad-Karnataka region of the state also expressed their dissatisfaction over the list of cabinet ministers. Meanwhile, Bengaluru urban region alone bagged four ministerial berths in the BS Yeddyurappa cabinet.

Independent MLA H Nagesh is among the 17 people whos will e administered oath at 10.30 am by Governor Vajubhai Vala. Nagesh was one of the 17 rebels who had effectively toppled the JD(S)-Congress government in July.

The expansion of the Karnataka cabinet will take place on Tuesday and 13-14 ministers are likely to be inducted, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Monday.

"The cabinet expansion will take place between 10:30 and 11:30 am tomorrow. I have already written a letter to the Governor in this regard. I have asked Chief Secretary to make all arrangements," he said.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Yediyurappa said after the expansion, a cabinet meeting will be held.

Having run the government with a "one-man cabinet" for over 20 days, Yediyurappa on Saturday got a go-ahead from BJP national president Amit Shah to undertake the exercise on August 20.

Yediyurappa, who took oath as chief minister on July 26 and proved his government's majority on the floor of the Assembly on July 29, is yet to induct any minister into his cabinet.

The chief minister and the state leadership is expected to get clear instructions from the high command about those to be inducted into the Ministry, by Monday afternoon.
"By Monday afternoon we will get a clear instruction on who all to be inducted, I have held discussions with Amit Shah and other leaders. We will get to know by the afternoon," Yediyurappa had said soon after his return from Delhi on Saturday night.

Asked about the number of ministers likely to be inducted on Tuesday, he said, "13 to 14 people are likely to be inducted in to the cabinet in the first phase, there may be plus or minus one or two, we have now recommended 13 to 14 of them."

Yediyurappa has a tightrope to walk during the cabinet expansion as he has to craft a fine caste and regional balance, in view of large number of aspirants, sources said.

However, with no decision yet by the Supreme Court on 17 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.

Amid pressure from within, opposition parties, the Congress and JD(S) too had hit out at the BJP over the delay in cabinet expansion, and had even raised questions about the government's "existence".

The Congress had even said that Yediyurappa's one-man cabinet administration "resembled President's rule."

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