Yediyurappa to form a committee to decide on all major projects undertaken by government

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NEW DELHI: Having overcome a round of dissidence within his government to establish that he will remain in his chair Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa (BSY), is working on measures to ensure such disruptions do not crop up again during his tenure and to improve the image of his government that has taken hit with the recent dissident activities.
To address grievances of MLAs and ministers, BSY is planning on setting up mechanisms in coordination with the central party high command, to form a core group or with a group of ministers to decide on all major projects undertaken by the government, bureaucratic reshuffles and all other governance issues, to counter allegations of not taking other leaders on board.
To ensure that all concerns of party MLAs are addressed, there are plans for a regular weekly schedule when the chief minister will meet with MLAs individually on given days of the week. The chief minister also plans to hold regular interactions with senior officials from different departments to monitor functioning of the government.
With allegations having come up against BSY’s son Vijayendra, a state BJP vice president, of acting as the gateway to the chief minister, there are plans to have him focus on the party’s image building and improving the party’s reach in the state, rather than get involved with government matters, according to party sources.
A cabinet reshuffle is also being planned, in coordination with the central party leadership, even though the exercise may come up only after a month or more, once the government’s priority to deal with the pandemic situation in the state is taken care of.
In fact, the thinking within the BSY government is on the lines of doing away with the three posts of deputy chief ministers, while redistributing portfolios, so that the cabinet has equal voices, say party sources. For the reshuffle, the chief minister will be seeking suggestions from his ministers and MLAs, which will also take some time, it is learnt.
These plans are being vetted since national general secretary Arun Singh’s three-day visit to Bengaluru to take stock of the political turmoil that erupted with a section of the state BJP demanding a replacement of BSY. While Singh’s visit put a lid on the controversy on the issue of leadership change, establishing BSY as CM for the rest of his tenure, it was decided at a core committee meeting in Bengaluru last Friday, to take steps to avoid any fresh trouble for the state government.
The party will hold its state executive meeting on June 26 in Bengaluru, organise district executives’ meetings from July 1 to 15 and Mandal executive meetings from July 16 to 31.

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