BANGALORE: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said he will expand the State Cabinet after getting the nod from the party high command.
“If needed, I will go to Delhi to discuss the issue with the top brass,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of pure drinking water units.
Last week, a delegation of senior MLAs and ministers had met Siddaramaiah and urged him to reshuffle
his Cabinet after the Legislature session. They had also demanded that the chief minister drop “ailing and ineffective ministers” from the Cabinet.
Siddaramaiah, however, had said he would reshuffle his Cabinet after the byelections to three Assembly seats, scheduled for August 21.
In this situation, Cabinet aspirants, including KPCC president G Parameshwara, may have to wait till the end of August to get into the government.
On whether the party would seek support from the JD(S) in the byelections, the CM said he does not “want to speculate”.
On the handing over of the Vibgyor High rape case to the Central Bureau of Investigation, Siddaramaiah said there is no need for a probe by an external agency as the state police are competent to handle the case.