The cabinet in Karnataka was expanded on Wednesday. Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot administered the oath to 29 ministers at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.
Bengaluru: The cabinet in Karnataka was expanded on Wednesday. Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot administered the oath to 29 ministers at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai also attended the swearing-in ceremony. The complete list of these ministers was received by the Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai this morning itself.
The Karnataka Chief Minister himself confirmed this and said, "29 ministers will be included in the new cabinet, no one is being appointed as Deputy Chief Minister."
"We have officially got the list of the Council of Ministers. These include the names of the ministers who are going to take oath at the Raj Bhavan today," he added.
Karnataka Chief Minister Bommai was in Delhi for the last two days to hold discussions with the BJP's central leadership on the expansion of his cabinet. After meeting JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, he had said on Tuesday that he would get a list containing the names of the ministers on the phone itself.
The Karnataka Chief Minister said that the matter was discussed in detail with JP Nadda.
On the question of delay in the list, Bommai had replied, "Three-four issues are to be decided like the inclusion of some more names in the final list and having a Deputy Chief Minister was being discussed."
Bommai was sworn in as the Karnataka chief minister on July 28 after BS Yediyurappa resigned on July 26. Soon after, he had said that the cabinet expansion would take some time. He is the only cabinet minister in the government at present.
Yeddyurappa had refused to suggest ministers in the new cabinet. He had said that he would not interfere in the cabinet expansion, Bommai was free to include anyone in his ministry.
It is noteworthy that on Tuesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Bommai met BJP President JP Nadda and said that the central leadership of the BJP will send the list of new ministers to be included in the state council of ministers on Wednesday morning.
He had also said that after getting the list in the morning, the swearing-in can be done only on Wednesday. The Karnataka Chief Minister had said that the expansion of the Council of Ministers would be done in several phases.