Karnataka New Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on July 30 said that the impending cabinet expansion could take place early next week in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases and floods in some districts in the state. He said he "explained the necessity of early Cabinet expansion" in a meeting with BJP president JP Nadda.
"We will get the nod within the next week. I have not discussed the list of matters but mentioned the need for an early decision on this issue," he shared details to media while adding that he may visit the national capital again very soon and that he has sought time from the BJP high command for holding talks. Expanding the cabinet will be the first great challenge before Bommai as he will have to take the helm through the cabinet formation exercise by maintaining a balance between factions within the ruling BJP. There are several aspirants among the party old guard and legislators who had joined the BJP after quitting the Congress-JD(S) coalition in 2019.
Bommai, a confidante of former Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, was sworn in as the new chief minister on Wednesday. The Karnataka BJP legislature party on Tuesday evening had elected Bommai as its new leader to succeed Yediyurappa.