The state home to India's Silicon Valley may finally get its new ministers-- 3 weeks after government was formed
- BS Yediyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka in the last week of July.
- However, three weeks later, the cabinet of ministers have still not been appointed.
- Reports suggest that the state government is waiting for approvals from the Bharatiya Janata Party, particularly Union Home Minister
The state witnessed one of the most dramatic, and dirty, political power play in the last few months which ended with the fall of an incumbent government, and BS Yediyurappa reclaiming the Chief Minister's seat after winning controversial a trust vote. Yediyurappa even changed the way his name is spelled for good luck. The stakes were too high.
Three weeks later, the state still has no ministers. "If Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa receives the list of names by Monday night or early Tuesday from Shah, the cabinet will be expanded same afternoon after a meeting of the BJP legislature party at the secretariat before noon," the news agency IANS reported citing sources. The party's high command was busy with the Parliament session including the contentious move to put an end to Jammu and Kashmir's special status.
Notwithstanding the economic slump and rising job losses, three weeks is a long time for the legislature to be in a limbo, particularly, when the state has been struck with an environmental emergency-- floods that killed about 140 people as of August 12.
However, Yediyurappa's patience has given many of his rivals ammunition for criticism. Critics of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have often slammed the party's leadership for keeping decisions centralised. In this instance too, BS Yediyurappa may be a local strongman who battled hard to form the government but he has had to wait for the approval for his nominees from the Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Even now, only about a dozen ministers are likely to be appointed this week. To fill the remaining cabinet posts in the 34-member ministry, Yediyurappa is likely to wait for 6 months in the event of by-elections to the 17 assembly segments from where the Congress and JD-S rebel legislators were disqualified by the previous speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar in July.
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