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Bengaluru : Amid unrest following several developments due to communal polarization in Karnataka, the ruling BJP is contemplating a cabinet reshuffle to put the party in an advantageous position in the 2023 Assembly polls.

The matter of cabinet expansion has been discussed in detail with party leaders, Chief Minister Bommai said on Thursday after concluding his recent visit to New Delhi. Senior leaders have informed that they will talk about this in the state executive meeting on April 16 and 17 at Hospet in the newly formed Vijayanagar district.

The high command has taken all the information and has assured to take a decision after discussing the matter with local leaders, party workers and organizational secretaries. He said, “I have met party president JP Nadda and discussed the matter. But, could not meet Home Minister Amit Shah. Cabinet expansion will also have to be discussed with him and National Organization Secretary Santosh ji.

According to party sources, ministers including senior leaders have come under pressure and are more concerned to save their portfolios rather than the state’s situation. There are rumors that the party may replace several seniors and give more than 10 new faces a chance in the cabinet.

National General Secretary CT Ravi’s statement that leaders of other parties in Karnataka would join the BJP has sparked fury within the BJP party in several power blocks in the state. Former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is making every effort to get a big post for his son Vijayendra. The party is also mulling over the issue as it will have consequences if Yeddyurappa is involved in campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections.

The decision of the BJP high command to postpone the cabinet expansion has surprised BJP leaders in the state, who were hoping for a cabinet reshuffle after the Ugadi festival.

Meanwhile, Congress’ campaign committee chairman MB Patil on Thursday hit out at the BJP, saying that when the state is on fire, CM Bommai is busy on the issue of cabinet expansion. He said, “It is too much on the part of the BJP party. Controversies are being created one after the other. Everything has been done for vote bank politics and polarization. Everything will be thrown at the ruling BJP.”

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