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PTI bengaluru India
Updated: 05-12-2018 22:47 IST

Ending the suspense, the

Congress-JDS coalition in Karnataka Wednesday announced that

the HD Kumaraswamy cabinet would be expanded on December 22.

The decision was taken by the coordination committee of

the coalition that met under the chairmanship of former chief

minister Siddaramaiah.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) supremo H D

Deve Gowda were consulted before deciding the date,

Siddaramiah told reporters here after the over two-hour long

meeting of the committee.

Six members from the Congress and two from JD(S) would

be inducted, he said adding it was also decided to appoint

MLAs as heads of corporations and boards on the same day.

There has been growing clamour among the MLAs,

especially those from the Congress, for expansion of the

cabinet at the earliest, with a few openly expressing their

discontent over the delay.

This will be the second expansion of Kumaraswamy's

ministry, who currently heads the 26-member cabinet.

After the first expansion in June, discontent among the

Congress ministerial aspirants surfaced, giving birth pangs to

the coalition ministry formed in a post-poll pact after the

May assembly elections threw up a hung verdict.

The cabinet was expected to be expanded in October

itself, but had been put off.

Siddaramaiah said the plan was to expand the cabinet on

December 9, but as the legislature session commences on

December 10 in the northern district of Belagavi, the date had

been deferred. It would be expanded a day after the conclusion

of the session on December 21.

The former chief minister, who is also the leader of the

Congress legislature Party (CLP) said the coordination

committee also decided to appoint a few MLAs from both partner

parties as Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers.

Under the agreement reached during the formation of the

coalition in May last, the chairmanship of 20 boards and

corporations will go to Congress and 10 to JD(S).

Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister G

Parameshwara, Congress General Secretary K C Venugopal and

JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali were the others who

attended the coordination committee meeting.

Siddaramaiah said measures for smooth functioning of

the government and speedy resolution of issues raised by MLAs

concerning developmental work in their respective

constituencies were also discussed at the meeting.

A few MLAs, especially those from the Congress, have

reportedly conveyed their unhappiness to the party leadership

about the functioning of the government -- against a few JD(S)

Ministers, including Kumaraswamys brother and PWD Minister H

D Revanna.

Rubbishing reports about disgruntled MLAs under the

leadership of Satish Jarkiholi of Congress planning to join

hands with the BJP, Siddarmaiah pointed to Jarkiholi himself

denying them.

None of the Congress MLAs will leave the party, and

such information was only a speculation in the media, he said.

Congress and JD(S) parties are totally intact, BJP is

only day dreaming about success through operation lotus, but

they will not succeed, it is not possible, their dream will

remain a dream, he said.

The coalition government was stable and would remain

so for its full tenure, Siddaramaiah said as he predicted

BJPs defeat in the assembly elections in the five states.

Echoing Siddaramaiah's statement, JD(S) secretary

general Danish Ali said the coalition government would last

its full five year terms.

He also termed reports about trouble in the coalition

in sections of media as BJP sponsored.

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