Amit Shah in K’taka to hold talks on expansion of cabinet

Bengaluru,(   : Home Minister Amit Shah, on his Bengaluru visit will hold multiple meetings before making a final decision on the cabinet expansion or reshuffle, on Tuesday. Shah will chair a core committee meeting at Jagannath Bhavan, state BJP headquarters in Malleshwaram, between 4-5pm. Amit Shah will finalise the cabinet expansion and strategise for the party in preparation for the Assembly elections in 2023.

Bharatiya Janata Party National General Secretary B.L. Santhosh has sparked a hornet’s nest by implying a massive change in the state’s leadership. According to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai the statements were made in the context of civic polls. Party sources, on the other hand, confirm the uncertainty that anything can happen. Santhosh has also stated that the party will never support family politics, and that the party’s experiment of giving new faces representation in other states has yielded positive results. According to party sources, the remark was directed at former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who is eager for his B.Y. Vijayendra to join the cabinet.

Amit Shah will also decide whether to give Ramesh Jarkiholi a cabinet post, which is crucial for the BJP because it could have a direct impact on 19 Assembly seats in Belagavi district, as well as the consolidation of Backward Class votes for the BJP across the state. Former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who turned down a cabinet berth because of his seniority to Chief Minister Bommai, is expected to meet Amit Shah to discuss his role in the upcoming Assembly elections.

Shah was greeted by Chief Minister Bommai and union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Mines Pralhad Joshi at Bengaluru HAL airport. Shah will visit the statue of Lord Basaveshwara at Basaveshwara Circle near Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru at 10am, on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi. Later, he will lay the foundation stone for the Nrupatunga University on the Nrupatunga Road. Then, he will virtually inaugurate the Forensic Science Laboratory in Bellary, from Bengaluru. Amit Shah will also visit the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) Campus in Yelahanka and lay the foundation stone for the NATGRID Disaster Recovery Centre (DRC). The union Home Ministry is in charge of organising the event.(HS)