Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa announced here on Wednesday that the State Cabinet would be expanded in a couple of days after another round of discussion with party leaders.
Speaking to presspersons at the Mandakalli airport, Mr. Yeddyurappa attributed the abrupt putting off of the Cabinet expansion, which was scheduled for Wednesday, to non-availability of a few senior leaders and party top brass in the State capital.
He said that in all probability the Cabinet would be expanded after the Deepavali festival.
“I am here to participate in the Bharatiya Janata Party's State Executive Committee meeting convened by the party's State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa to chalk out strategies for the coming taluk and zilla panchayat elections,” he said.
Refuting reports of rift in the party over the proposed Cabinet expansion, Mr. Eshwarappa said that there was no disagreement over the proposed expansion of the Ministry.
Leaders of the Opposition parties, who have been trying to destabilise the BJP Government from the beginning, were spreading rumours in this regard, he charged.
He said that the BJP Government, which had completed 30 months in office, would complete its term and occupy the office for another term.
Meanwhile, party general secretary C.T. Ravi, who is in the race for ministerial post, told presspersons that his name was still in the list of probable ministers.
“There is nothing wrong in being an aspirant for the post, but instead of airing the differences in the public and pressuring the party leaders, it is better to raise the issue on the party platform,” Mr. Ravi said, indirectly referring to the statements issued by some ministerial aspirants.
Refusing to comment on the putting off of the Cabinet expansion, he refuted claims that there was disagreement among party leaders over the proposed expansion of the Ministry.
On discontentment within the party and resignation of D.N. Jeevaraj from the post of party's chief whip and from the Assembly membership, he said everybody could aspire to become a minister, but it was the party high command that had to take a final call on the issue.