Ramesh Jarkhiholi awarded under 10 turncoats with berths in Yediyurappa's first cabinet expansion

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The rebels' uprising in July last year led to the collapse of the JDS Congress coalition and paved the way for the formation of the BJP government.

Ramesh Jarkhiholi awarded under 10 turncoats with berths in Yediyurappa's first cabinet expansion
Karnataka MLA ST Somashekar takes an oath as cabinet minister with Raj Bhawan in Bengaluru.

Bangalore: Up to 10 BJP-MLAs, all defectors to the Congress and the JDS, would be admitted as Ministers of Karnataka on Thursday as Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa expanded his cabinet for the first time to fulfill his promise to offer ministerial bunks to all rebel members.

The inauguration ceremony should take place at 10.30 a.m. in Raj Bhavan when 10 of the 11 rebel legislators – Ramesh Jarkhiholi, Anand Singh, Patil BC, K Sudhakar, Narayana Gowda, Somasekhar ST, Bhairati Basavaraj, Gopalaiah, Shivaram Hebbar and Sreemanth Patil – will be in Cabinet posts housed.

The rebels' uprising in July last year led to the collapse of the JDS Congress coalition and paved the way for the formation of the BJP government. There are currently 18 ministers in the cabinet, including the Prime Minister, with an approved strength of 34. Sixteen berths are free.

The chief minister announced on Sunday that 13 BJP leaders, including the 10 MLAs that had said goodbye to Congress and the JD (S), would take the oath on Thursday.

Mahesh Kumathalli, who left Congress to join the BJP and won the recent election, is not appointed minister. Yediyurappa said on Wednesday: "It is difficult to make him (Kumathalli) a minister. I will call and discuss with him. We will try to give him another responsibility." The Prime Minister had previously promised all ministerial bunks.

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