Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday said that he would be participating in the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, scheduled to be held later this month.
“Everyone is persuading me to go. So I have decided to go as I am being sent by the central government," Yediyurappa said on Monday in Bengaluru.
His decision to attend the summit comes days after he sounded unsure of attending WEF in the ski town resort that will be attended by world leaders including USA president Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, according to a report by the Press Trust of India.
The Karnataka chief minister is likely to travel on 20 January, the PTI reported.
Yediyurappa will join Union Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and his Madhya Pradesh counterpart, Kamal Nath (Madhya Pradesh) among at least 100 India chief executives later this month for the 50th annual meeting of the WEF.
However, Yediyurappa’s decision to attend the event is likely to add to the anxiety of the newly elected legislators who are growing impatient over the delay in expanding the cabinet.
The chief minister on Monday said that there was no connection between the two events and reiterated that he would keep his promises to the formerly disqualified legislators who brought down the 14 month old coalition government led by H.D.Kumaraswamy and helped the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in Karnataka.
Yediyurappa indicating that he would complete the cabinet expansion before his travel to Davos.
Denied an audience with BJP national party president Amit Shah, Yediyurappa has been under pressure to expand the cabinet or risk fueling simmering dissent within the party.
“I will fulfil the promise that I have made," Yediyurappa said, adding that he was willing to go to Delhi on Tuesday itself if Shah was was available for a meeting.
“If not he (Shah) is coming here (Karnataka) on January 17 and 18, will get things cleared and expand the ministry," Yediyurappa said in Bengaluru.
Shah is scheduled to address a rally in Hubballi in north Karnataka on January 18 as part of the party’s nationwide outreach campaign and garner support for the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act.