Bengaluru: With the Karnataka Assembly elections coming up next year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leadership is considering changing the Chief Minister once more to bring in a more energetic face.
According to sources, the party's central leadership is dissatisfied with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai's performance. Because the party is focused on the elections in five states, a decision in this regard may be made once the polls are completed.
According to sources, the BJP's high command is dissatisfied with the party's performance in by-elections and local body elections, especially in Bommai's home constituency of Hanagal in Haveri district. The top leadership is now concerned about the 2023 Assembly elections. The Chief Minister's wrath by a number of state ministers and MLAs only added to the cloud of concern.
The BJP's high command may choose a young face ahead of next year's Assembly elections. It's possible that the new face will come from the politically powerful Panchamasaali Lingayath community. The party may also consider a Dalit candidate for the position of Chief Minister.
On the other hand, there have been discussions of reorganising the cabinet, with many senior ministers such as KS Eshwarappa, Murugesh Nirani, CC Patil, and Prabhu Chauhan expected to be dropped. In addition, four vacancies in the state cabinet exist, and 40 MLAs are pressing for them to be filled. Several MLAs have also been reported to be in contact with the parties, particularly those who migrated from the JDS and Congress. According to top BJP sources, the central command may first replace the Chief Minister before reorganising the cabinet in order to strengthen the state unit.