Bengaluru: In a much-awaited event, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Thursday carried out his cabinet expansion with as many as 10 MLAs taking oath as ministers. The swearing-in ceremony of the new ministers took place at 10:30 AM at the Raj Bhavan.
These MLAs had won the bypolls in December on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s tickets after switching loyalties from the Congress and the JD(S).
Yediyurappa had earlier said that all 13 legislators who had dejected from Congress-JD(S) would be sworn in, however, the dynamics appear to have changed within the BJP in the state. As of now, Athani MLA Mahesh Kumathalli and Umesh Katti have been left out of the second cabinet expansion.
Clarifying the reason for the same, CM Yediyurappa had said, “There is no doubt about Umesh Katti’s inclusion in the cabinet, he will be given a ministerial berth but it is difficult to induct him into the cabinet in this expansion. I will speak to him, he will be given a big responsibility.”
However, yesterday, Mahesh Kumatalli, the lone turncoat who has been denied a ministerial post, expressed his disappointment but said he would continue to stand by the party nonetheless. To this, Yediyurappa said that he will personally call Kumatalli to explain why he has not been made a minister.