Karnataka CM hints no ministers will be dropped during cabinet expansion

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 30 Juli 2014 | 08.20

BANGALORE: Disappointing senior Congress legislators, who wanted non-performing ministers to be dropped, chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday indicated the four vacancies in the cabinet would be filled with no changes in the present set-up.

With the five-week long legislature session concluding on Wednesday, Congress legislators are looking forward to the CM's long promised cabinet revamp. However, the CM is not likely to take up this exercise until bypolls to Bellary Rural, Chikkodi-Sadalga and Shikaripur assembly constituencies are over on August 21.

Apart from the model code of conduct in force in the three districts going to bypolls, Siddaramaiah would not like to invite trouble on himself, which is a fall-out after every cabinet restructuring amidst byelections.

"The cabinet expansion subject needs to be discussed with the high command. Only after higher ups permit expansion will be done," he said on the sidelines of inaugurating drinking project organized by rural development and panchayat raj department.

Just recently, around 40 party's senior MLAs urged the CM to drop "inefficient" ministers from the cabinet and induct the "efficient' amongst them.

By-polls candidates' selection: Meanwhile, the Congress started short-listing names for candidates to the three constituencies. For Bellary Rural, reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST), former MLA from Molakalmuru NY Gopalakrishna is the front-runner. For Shikaripur has shortlisted former MLAs Shanthanagouda and Nagarada Mahadevappa. The party is likely to accommodate Ganesh Hukkeri, son of Chikkodi MP Prakash B Hukkeri in Chikkodi-Sadalga.

The bypolls were necessitated following election of B Sriramulu (Bellary Rural), BS Yeddyurappa (Shikaripur) and Prakash Hukkeri (Chikkodi-Sadalga) to parliament in the recentlly held Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP has M Oblesh, long-time personal assistant of Sriramulu from Bellary Rural. BY Raghavendra, son of Yeddyurappa from Shikaripur and MLC Mahantesh Kavatagimath from Chikkodi-Sadalga.

JD(S) is yet to finalize their nominees. August 2 is the last date for filing nominations and counting of votes will be taken up on August 25.


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