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Too many ministerial claimants, but Modi will weigh options
Choosing his ministers would be a tough task for Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi as Karnataka itself is throwing at least 12 aspirants for the Central jobs.
While, 10 out of the 17 new BJP Lok Sabha MPs from Karnataka are ministerial aspirants, two Rajya Sabha members from the state are also in fray.
Rajya Sabha MPs Venkaiah Naidu and Prabhakar Kore are making attempts to get into the Modi Cabinet even as a string of multiple Lok Sabha term winners, including Ananth Kumar, Prahlad Joshi, D V Sadananda Gowda, Ananth Kumar Hegde, Ramesh Jigajinagi and G M Siddeshwar, is hopeful along with first time parliamentarians B S Yeddyurappa and Shobha Karandlaje.
Modi has not spoken his mind yet on the constituents of the new BJP ministry. He is expected to consult the director of the CBI on the gravity of corruption cases pending against leaders like former CM Yeddyurappa before deciding on picking them, sources said. Yeddyurappa himself is not lobbying for a ministry and has left the choice on the wisdom of the BJP’s prime minister designate, they said.
“A lot of people who are lobbying for positions in the ministry are under the impression that the BJP continues to function in a manner it did a few years ago. This is not so. There is clarity in the minds of the present leadership on the kind of persons they want. Modiji also has a good understanding of the leaders from Karnataka,’’ a source said.
The sources said the expectation is that Karnataka would get around two ministerial positions – one of Cabinet rank and another of minister of state – although some noises have been made in the state BJP seeking six positions on the lines the UPA II.