Jan 21, 2020, 08.02 PM IST



Amit Shah’s Karnataka visit prolongs suspense over cab expansion

The CM left for Davos on Sunday on a six-day trip to attend the world economic summit amid an uneasy lull. While Yediyurappa has said he will expand his ministry after his return, it has meant little by way of a message. Sections of BJP leaders are intrigued as to why the party leadership is not letting the CM go ahead with the much delayed expansion .

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  • After being elected, Kateel said that one of the challenges before him was to ensure that the BJP wins 150 seats in the 2023 Assembly elections. “CM Yediyurappa’s goal of winning 150 seats in the Assembly elections will be realised. The party will come to power again,” he told the media.

    Kateel said that one of the challenges is to ensure the BJP wins 150 seats in the 2023 assembly elections. “CM Yediyurappa’s goal of winning 150 seats in the assembly elections will be realised. The party will come to power again,” he told the media after taking charge.

    The J&K government is contemplating to hold panchayat polls for over 12,000 vacant sarpanch and panch posts in February and March. The Centre is keen on filling vacant panchayat berths in the newly carved Union Territory, especially in Kashmir region, an official source said on Wednesday.

    Days after indicating thathe may not travel to Davos to attend the World Economic Forum later this month, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said he will be attending the global meet, and that the expansion of his ministry will take place before his foreign tour.

    "We need a Lingayath president in Karnataka to lead the party and to tackle BJP in north Karnataka," Siddaramaiah said.

    Yediyurappa pointed out that he has come to power because of the Congress-JD(S) legislators who rebelled against the then coalition government.

    The combination of Yediyurappa cancelling his Delhi trip and tourism minister CT Ravi stating that the ministry expansion is unlikely before the Delhi Assembly polls (Feb 8) has added to the intrigue. “If what Ravi said is true, then it is totally unreasonable.

    Karnataka Chief Minister’s challenge is to induct all the 'disqualified MLAs' into his Cabinet; may skip WEF meet at Davos.

    Several districts including Chikkaballapura and Mandya have witnessed BJP's victory with a strong referendum. Some feel foray a temporary phenomenon, but party leaders insist they will use opportunity to deepen presence. The BJP’s first breakthrough in the Old Mysore region happened in the 2018 by-election to the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency.

    In Karnataka, today's bypolls will decide the future of the BS Yediyurappa government which currently has 105 legislators and one independent MLA's support in the 225 member strong Assembly.

    By-elections will be held in 15 constituencies. BJP has fielded disqualified MLAs in 13 and has given tickets to party leaders in the remaining two seats. The Congress is contesting in all 15 constituencies and the JD(S) candidates are in the fray in 12 seats. Two rebels who were formerly with the BJP are contesting independently.

    The ruling BJP on Monday swept the Assembly bypolls in Karnataka winning 12 of the 15 seats to help the four-month-old Yediyurappa government retain majority.

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