New Delhi: At least two MLAs will be sworn in as MLAs in Chief Minister Basbaraj Bomai’s cabinet on Wednesday, ending speculation about a new leadership to end Karnataka’s growing political crisis.
“The final talks were concluded last night. The list is now ready. I have sent it to the Raj Bhavan. Today there are 29 ministers,” Bombay said. [बुधवार] I swear. He said there would be no deputy chief minister this time.
The Karnataka chief minister said seven MLAs were from backward classes, three from Scheduled Castes, one from Scheduled Tribes, seven from Vokaliga and eight from Lingayat. Shashikala Zol is the only woman in the cabinet.
Political experts say the delay in forming the cabinet indicates that the Centre’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken over most of the decision-making process in Karnataka.
“Over the last two days, all the seniors have discussed this (cabinet) in detail and there are only two issues left,” Bomai said on Wednesday. People familiar with the matter said that the issues he mentioned included the number of deputy chief ministers and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa insisted on the inclusion of his son BY Bijendra in the cabinet.
Development-conscious people say the idea has not yet been pushed by the BJP’s central leadership, which believes Bijendra could be given a chance to contest the by-election from Hangal in Haveri district. Bombay said Bijendra is not on the current list.
Meanwhile, BJP MLAs came to Bangalore, some hoping to get a call from the chief minister about their inclusion in the cabinet and others protesting that their names were missing from the list.
Opposition groups called for a boycott of the by-elections in the state, saying they did not prioritize floods in the district’s 1 district.
Bombay is luckier than his adviser and former chief minister Yeddyurappa, who has not been given a cabinet for more than a month and was alone in dealing with one of the worst floods to hit the state in 201 years alone.