New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai who arrived at the New Delhi airport on Friday morning, met Home Minister Amit Shah after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital. Karnataka CM is on a two-day visit to the National Capital, and will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi later today.
Bommai took oath as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka on July 28, two days after the resignation of BS Yediyurappa from the top post. On Friday, ahead of his visit to Delhi, Bommai also met former CM BS Yediyurappa in Bengaluru.
Bommai, who held his first cabinet meet on Thursday, hinted that he will expedite the process of Cabinet formation to deliver a reliable, responsible, transparent and efficient administration.
Earlier this week, BS Yediyurappa tendered his resignation as Karnataka Chief Minister, ending weeks of speculation over his continuance on the post.
However, Bommai’s real litmus test will soon begin in including senior leaders like Jagdish Shettar, who has decided against being a part of his new Cabinet. Jagadish Shettar feels that he is a senior leader and a former chief minister, hence, he will not be a part of Bommai’s cabinet. Jagadish Shettar said that he took up a ministry under BS Yediyurappa only because he was a senior leader.
Bommai despite being considered a close confidant of BS Yediyurappa, and heavy duties like managing raging floods, Covid-19 containment and management in the state, has his task cut out which includes pursuing senior Kannada leaders who are miffed after Yediyurappa’s ouster. BSY, a lingayat heavyweight, on July 27, in an emotional goodbye, said that he will remain a loyal BJP worker.
Ahead of the 2023 Karnataka Assembly polls, Yediyurappa assured that he shall work to bring the party back to power in the upcoming polls.
(With inputs from ANI)