The coordination committee of the
ruling Congress-JDS coalition will meet here on December 5 and
decide on the much-awaited cabinet expansion, its chief
Siddaramaiah said Friday.
Also, Siddaramaiah, a former chief minister, along with
state Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao rejected reports
about disgruntled Congress MLAs planning to skip the coming
Siddaramaiah, who is the Leader of the Congress
legislature party, said Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will be
invited to a CLP meeting likely to be held on December 8 so
that the MLAs can take up issues concerning their
"We will expand the cabinet at the earliest. On December
5 we have called a coordination committee meeting, where we
will discuss all issues - when to expand the cabinet... We
will discuss in the meeting and take a decision," he told
His comments come a day after Rao said the JDS-Congress
ministry would be expanded before the winter session of the
state legislature commencing on December 10.
Replying to a question on why Kumaraswamy, a JDS leader,
was being invited to the CLP meeting, Siddaramaiah said:
...this is a coalition government, whom should MLAs tell about
the issues concerning their constituencies- it is te Chief
Minister. So we will invite him to the meeting."
According to sources, the decision to invite Kumaraswamy
has been made as there is growing discontentment among the
Congress legislators about the functioning of the government
and alleged discrimination towards them in development works.
Siddarmaiah termed as "baseless" and "not true" reports
that some disgruntled Congress legislators were planning to
camp in Mumbai ahead of assembly session from December 10
under state Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi's leadership.
Gundu Rao also termed the reports as "rumour".
"No one will go, cabinet is getting expanded, we will
appoint heads to boards and corporations...this is a rumour,
no one is going, government is stable and we will conduct the
session effectively," he said.
Earlier in the day, Jarkiholi himself denied the reports
and claimed attempts were being made by some "self proclaimed
influential party leaders" to damage his image.
The reports came amidst growing clamour among Congress
legislators for expansion of the cabinet at the earliest and
their alleged discomfort regarding the functioning of the
According to the pact reached between the two partners
at the time of formation of the coalition government in May,
there are now six vacant ministerial positions left for the
Congress and two for the JD(S).
This will be the second expansion of Kumaraswamy's
ministry, who currently heads the 26-member cabinet.
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