4 Ktk ministers face axe as BJP cabinet set for restructuring

Up to four ministers may face the axe and three aspirants get on board the B S Yeddyurappa cabinet, as senior state BJP leaders discussed expansion and reshuffle of the 28-month-old ministry in Karnataka.

Updated: Sep 18, 2010, 21:12 PM IST

Bangalore: Up to four ministers may face
the axe and three aspirants get on board the B S Yeddyurappa
cabinet, as senior state BJP leaders discussed expansion and
reshuffle of the 28-month-old ministry in Karnataka.

Yeddyurappa was closeted with party leaders, including
state president K S Eshwarappa, his predecessor D V
Sadananda Gowda, Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar
and RSS ideologues at the core committee meeting called to
discuss the long awaited ministry re-casting exercise.

Eshwarappa told reporters that the leaders deliberated
on whom to drop and to induct, adding the inconclusive
discussions would continue tomorrow.

He said the party would be ready with the names by
tomorrow evening, after which central leadership`s nod would
be sought.

"It (cabinet restructuring) will happen this month,"
Eshwarappa, who himself quit as energy minister to assume
charge as head of the state unit, said.

Party sources said the cabinet expansion is likely to
take place as early as next week.

The sources also said three to four ministers are
likely to be dropped. Yeddyurappa would also fill three
vacancies in the Cabinet.

Yeddyurappa`s confidante Shobha Karandlaje, who was
dropped following the demand for her ouster by rebels last
year, is likely to return. Another front-runner for cabinet
berth is C T Ravi, the party MLA from Chikamagalur.

Sources said loyalty, seniority and representation to
all districts would be key yardsticks in the exercise. The
party is likely replace the dropped ministers from aspirants
from the same caste.

PTI