Bommai to kickstart Ministry formation discussion with Nadda today

Bengaluru, Incumbent Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is all set to discuss the new ministry formation with National BJP president JP Nadda in Delhi on Friday.

“Most probably the discussion on that matter (ministry formation) will not take place when I meet the Prime Minister and Home Minister. However, when I meet Naddaji, I would be awaiting his guidance on the matter. After that the next course of action would begin,” he told reporters in Delhi.

He is expected to meet Nadda in the evening.

Asked if ministry formation is at most priority to tackle the Covid and flood situation in Karnataka, Bommai said, “Yes definitely. It is the foremost priority.”

Bommai is on his first visit to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Nadda, to express his gratitude for choosing him as the chief minister and seek blessings from them.

On many aspirants wanting to get ministerial berths, Bommai said it is but natural for national party’s leaders to vie for ministerial berths. “Look, ours is a national party which is led by tall leaders. Therefore, it is but natural to have many ministerial aspirants. The party has strength to handle these situations. It will be handled smoothly,” he said.

Bommai has already met Mr Singh and will meet Shah in Parliament at 12 noon before meeting Mr Modi at 1600 hrs.

He is also meeting Union Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tomorrow in the light of the war between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over Mekedatu reservoir project.

Bommai is reportedly firm on implementing the Mekedatu project to meet the drinking water needs of Bengaluru city. Karnataka is seeking the central government’s permission for the project by citing the drinking water needs.

He also has invited MPs and union ministers from Karnataka to discuss the pending issues concerning Karnataka.

On Covid situation in Karnataka, Bommai said after his return from Delhi he would hold a video conference to address deputy commissioners and superintendent of police of bordering areas of Kerala.