Karnataka cabinet expansion: Ex-CM Shettar among 17 MLAs sworn in as minister
Bengaluru, Aug 20: Around a month after forming the government after the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) coalition, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's on Tuesday expanded his cabinet. The oath taking ceremony of all 17 ministers were administered by Governor Vajubhai Vala at Karnataka Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.
The chief minister had proposed names of 17 MLAs to Governor for induction as Cabinet Ministers after finally getting the nod from Amit Shah to expand the Karnataka Cabinet on Monday.
This is the first-ever expansion of Yediyurappa's ministry after he assumed office on July 26 and proved his government's majority on the floor of the Assembly on July 29.
Taking to Twitter, BSY wished his cabinet ministers,"Congratulations to the newly inducted cabinet ministers. Together, let us work towards unveiling a new era of development, growth and prosperity in line with the aspirations of the people of Karnataka and the vision of PM Narendra Modi"
Many key personalities were present at the oath taking ceremony today, Independent Lok Sabha MP from Mandya Sumalatha Ambareesh was among them who attended the oath-taking ceremony of 17 ministers held in Karnataka Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru today.
Reportedly, the dominant Lingayat community, which is also BJP's core voterbase in Karnataka, has been rewarded with the lion's share in state cabinet. The party has included eight people from this caste grouping (including Yediyurappa) into the cabinet.
Four among the 17 MLAs named in the list of ministers who will take oath today are from Bengaluru. BJP's R Ashok from Padmanabhanagar Assembly Constituency, V. Somanna representing Govindarajanagar, Nimma Sureshkumar, MLA from Rajajinagar assembly constituency, and Ashwathnarayan from Malleshwaram have all made it into the first list of Cabinet ministers.
Before the oath taking ceremony held the Bengaluru traffic police had put out an advisory in view of the oath-taking ceremony program at governor's residence. "Motorists are requested to travel along the specified routes due to the traffic congestion during the valid ministers' oath-taking program at the Rajya Sabha on 20-08-2019," Bengaluru Traffic Police tweeted.
Earlier, amid criticism from the Opposition and pressure within on cabinet formation, on Friday CM Yediyurappa went Delhi to meet the BJP bras leaders to discuss the matter and finally got the green signal to form his cabinet with the names of 17 MLAs.