Cabinet expansion likely next month

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Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday announced that Cabinet expansion will take place in January, most likely after Sankranti and that he would visit Delhi at the end of December to hold discussions with the party high command.

Thirteen of 15 newly-elected MLAs took oath at the Vidhan Soudha in Karnataka on Sunday. Of the 13 disqualified MLAs, 11 won the December 5 by-polls while two others M T B Nagaraj and A H Vishwanath lost the election.

Those who took oath as MLAs on Sunday were Mahesh Kumathalli (Athani constituency), Srimant Patil (Kagwad), Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), Shivaram Hebbar (Yellapur), BC Patil (Hirekerur), Arun Kumar Pujar (Rane Bennur), Anand Singh (Vijayanagar), Dr K Sudhakar (Chikkaballapur), Byrathi Basavaraj (KR Puram), S T Somashekhar (Yashwanthapur), K Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout), Sharath Bachegowda (Hoskote), MC Narayana Gowda (KR Pet).
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