Bommai to remain as Karnataka CM for now

Wednesday 11th May 2022 08:08 EDT

Bengaluru: Amid speculation over leadership change in Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai heaved a sigh of relief as Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Bengaluru yielded no result following the cancellation of the BJP core committee and party leaders meet. Shah’s visit came amid a strong buzz over a change of leadership in Karnataka again.

During his meeting with Bommai, Shah assured the Chief Minister not to pay heed to any rumours and there would be no change of guard in near future. “Amit Shah has given a clear direction to the Chief Minister not to bother about the leadership change, which people are talking about. He told him to go ahead and focus on development. We will contest elections on development, due to which we are successful,” sources said.

Shah arrived in Bengaluru in order to chalk out a strategy for the Karnataka Assembly elections, due next year. Shah also met BJP State president Nalin Kumar Kateel during Basava Jayanti celebration in Bengaluru. Meanwhile, the BJP high command is learnt to be thinking of allowing only a ministerial expansion in Karnataka. “We are in favour of a ministerial expansion. But it is not possible to fix a timeframe,” the source said. “For now, we are not considering the idea of dropping any Ministers.”

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