BJP lead government in Karnataka only has BS Yediyurappa as a cabinet member, the CM still has to finalize the cabinet formation as a ruling party. The delay is likely to further extend as Amit Shah has asked Yediyutappa to focus his attention on flood relief and rehabilitation in the state.
Amit Shah directed CM to focus on flood-affected areas
Along with Karnataka CM, three more senior leaders from BJP were camping in Delhi since 5th August. However, the members had to cut short their visit to the country’s capital, as the Home Minister asked Yediyurappa and members to concentrate on flood-affected areas in the state. According to the reports, 26,000 people were being evacuated and 5 people had to lose their lives in the past three days in the flood-affected areas.
“I was supposed to meet the President of India at 5 pm but Amit Shah directed me not to bother about the cabinet expansion, and visit some flood-affected areas like Belagavi and four-five other districts,” Yediyurappa told reporters after reaching Bengaluru Wednesday.
Yediyurappa to travel Delhi 3 days later
BS Yediyurappa was sworn in as Chief Minister on 26th July and till now has to finalize the list of his cabinet minister. On Tuesday, he met several Union Ministers and was supposed to meet Amit Shah pursuing state issues pending before the center. However, Amit Shah directed him that his first priority should be relief and rehabilitation works in the flood-affected areas.
Regarding cabinet expansion, Yediyurappa said, “In three to four days I will go to Delhi again to discuss and finalize the cabinet expansion. After returning from there we will expand our cabinet.”
The delay in cabinet expansion has earned Yediyurappa lead government with criticism from opposition parties. In fact, they are also being blamed for not taking actions for worse flood situations in North Karnataka. The chief minister later left for Belagavi to take stock of the flood situation.