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Karnataka in a state of flux, Bommai in a fix on Europe trip

On May 11, following a meeting with Shah, Bommai had stated that anything could happen over the next week in the political situation in Karnataka.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 15, 2022 7:32:03 am
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With rapid political developments expected to unfold over the next few weeks in Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai remains undecided on a proposed visit next week to Europe to attend the World Economic Forum meeting at Davos, Switzerland.

Bommai had earlier announced plans to travel to London and Davos between May 18 and 26. While the London leg of the tour, where he was scheduled to unveil a statue of Lingayat saint Basavanna, has been canceled, Bommai is still undecided on Davos part of the trip, scheduled from May 22-26, on account of uncertainty in the state’s political situation.

“I will decide soon (on travel to Davos). For the Davos event, I am one of two chief ministers who have been invited, so it is of importance,” Bommai said on Saturday. “However, since many issues have come up — like elections to the Legislative Council and Rajya Sabha — it is to be decided how many days I should be away, and when I should go.”

Bommai’s remarks come amid a sense of uncertainty in state BJP on several fronts. These include possible continuance of the CM and impending changes in the state Cabinet that were indicated following a recent visit by Bommai to New Delhi to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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On May 11, following a meeting with Shah, Bommai had stated that anything could happen over the next week in the political situation in Karnataka.

On a possible time schedule for changes in Cabinet, Bommai said on Saturday, “We cannot count the days in politics (on when changes will take place).”

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