Ending the suspense, the
Congress-JDS coalition in Karnataka Wednesday announced that
The decision was taken by the coordination committee of
the coalition that met under the chairmanship of former chief
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
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
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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