JD(S), Congress likely to induct a few leaders into the Cabinet on June 12 Fearing a backlash, the coalition government has decided to put off Cabinet reshuffle and go for just expansion. After the rout in Lok Sabha polls, coalition party leaders from the Congress and the JD(S) had held several rounds of talks on reshuffling the Cabinet to save the government by accommodating independents and rebel Congress MLAs. This move, however, turned out to be a loose canon with several Congress ministerial aspirants firing from all directions, staking claim for the Cabinet berth. This forced the Congress leaders to shun the plan and go for just an expansion. A few days back, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah had ruled out reshuffle and said that it would just be an expansion to fill the Cabinet berth that fell vacant following death of CS Shivalli. Following this, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has decided fill three vacant slots (two JD(S) and one Congress) in the Cabinet on June 12. The total strength of the Cabinet in Karnataka is 34, including the Chief Minister. “I met the honourable Governor and sought time for Cabinet expansion. He has given time on June 12 at 11.30 am,’’ Kumaraswamy tweeted in Kannada after meeting the governor. Sources said that the JD(S) could induct one of the two idependent MLAs — R Shankar or H Nagesh besides one of its own MLAs. Congress sources said that it could include senior leader Ramalinga Reddy, the seven-term MLA from BTM Layout, Bengaluru. Besides him, the names of Ballari rural MLA B Nagendra and BC Patil are also doing the rounds.
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June 18, 2019
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