CM points to Delhi on Cabinet expansion

CM points to Delhi on Cabinet expansion

With the Yeddyurappa faction putting temporary brakes on the dissident activities in the BJP, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, on Sunday, took a U-turn on expanding his Cabinet, saying that the party high command will decide if the expansion is really necessary.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function organised to felicitate video journalists, he said the senior leaders will take a decision in this regard in a week's time.

Gowda had some days ago said that the Cabinet will soon be expanded and that he would hold consultation with the high command shortly. The chief minister had stated this when the Yeddyurappa faction was threatening to stage a rebellion, demanding re-instatement of their leader as the chief minister of the State.

With the intervention of RSS, the issue was resolved in the State BJP recently. The RSS has cautioned the warring leaders of the party against causing damage to the party.

Later speaking at another function, the Chief Minister said the cabinet expansion is unlikely to happen in the next two months in view of the elections to five states, including Utter Pradesh. The senior leaders will be busy with the elections. So, they will not be able to concentrate on the State issue, he added.

Asked about the party's candidate for the upcoming byelection to Chikamagalur-Udupi Parliamentary seat which fell vacant after his resignation, Gowda said the party high command will select the candidate.

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