Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on August 1 said that the decision of the BJP’s central leadership pertaining to the state cabinet expansion would arrive at the latest by Monday (August 2).
Bommai said that he could not reveal if the cabinet expansion will take place in two stages. Further, he also said that he had not submitted any list of ministers to the senior leaders in Delhi., Bommai also said that he would visit Delhi again soon following which the cabinet would be decided. “I could not meet JP Nadda (BJP National President) today, but had met him yesterday.
Karnataka goes to poll in 2023 or less than 21 months from now. The party is decided to retain its dominance in the state by swearing in Shobha Karandlaje, Rajeev Chandrashekhar, A Narayanswamy and Bhagwant Khuba from the state.
Modi and Shah also had applied a similar matrix in other poll-bound states like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab and Uttarakhand. They not only gave importance to the geographical factor, but also caste factor, when they picked ministers in the central cabinet.