Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek Central aid for the flood-ravaged districts in the state and conduct talks with BJP president Amit Shah to finalise the state Cabinet expansion
Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday (August 15) said that he would fly to Delhi and over the next two days, hold talks with party president Amit Shah and finalise the much-awaited expansion of his Cabinet.
Yediyurappa said he would also discuss several developmental works concerning the state and seek Central relief fund to flood and ravaged districts.
Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru on Thursday, Yediyurappa said, "I will be in Delhi tomorrow and the day after. I will also talk to Amit Shah regarding the Cabinet and come to a final decision before returning."
Yediyurappa, who took oath as chief minister of Karnataka on July 26, proved majority in the floor test held in the Assembly on July 29.
Yediyurappa is yet to induct any ministers into his Cabinet.
With Yediyurappa heading a "one-man" Cabinet and no ministers to take charge, the hoisting of the national flag in all districts, sub-divisions and taluks, except Bengaluru, was performed by respective deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners and tehsildars.
According to party sources, only 10 to 12 members are likely to be inducted into the ministry in the first round.
Opposition parties, the Congress and JD(S), have hit out at the BJP over the delay in Cabinet expansion and had even raised questions about the government's existence.
They had even said that Yediyurappa's one-man cabinet administration "resembled President’s rule."
According to the chief minister's schedule, Yediyurappa will meet Union railway minister and minister of state for civil aviation on Friday evening.
On Saturday (August 17), he is reportedly scheduled to meet several other union ministers.
According to sources, Yediyurappa during the meeting with the Prime Minister and central ministers will seek Central aid for the flood-ravaged state, where relief and rehabilitation work is under progress.
Karnataka had recently requested the Centre to release Rs 3,000 crore as interim relief immediately.
According to the government, 103 sub-divisions in 22 districts have been affected by floods and incessant rains in the past few days.
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Last Updated 16, Aug 2019, 12:30 PM