Karnataka floods: Continuous rain may delay cabinet expansion
By the absence of council ministers, CM BSY had huffing and puffing as he tours flood-affected villages in North Karnataka, oversees rescue and relief operations. The pressure appears to have been high on the Septuagenarian, who refused the party’s brass permission to expand his cabinet.
Even senior BJP leaders are also furious over the delay in setting up the Cabinet. Chief Ministers had planned to take oath in 15 ministers up to the Independence Day.
India Meteorological Department CS Patil director CS Patil said, “Another low-pressure area is expected to build in the Bay of Bengal on Monday, which may result in another bout of widespread rain.”
Senior BJP leader said JC Madhuswamy said, “The trip is unlikely to happen on Saturday or Sunday.” While “Clarity on cabinet expansion will emerge only when the floods recede.”
“An MLA can call officials for a review meeting at taluk level,” said Harish Narasappa, co-founder of Daksh, a civil society organization that studies accountability of governance. “A group of legislators cannot sumo district-level officials. This shortcoming is proving a bane.”
The retired chief secretary and BJP leader Ratna Prabha stated that “It is all about understanding the gravity of the situation and cooperating with each other.”
Madikeri MLA M P Appachhu Ranjan said, “What the flood-hit Kodagu or any other district is missing is in-charge ministers, whose presence would have expedited relief operations.”
BJP leader Jagadish Shettar said, “This is certainly not the time to think about political issues such as cabinet expansion. What is important is to find ways and means to tide over the flood situation and the officials are cooperating with us.”