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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

legislature session.

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

constituencies.

"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

reporters here.

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

government.

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.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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