K’taka: Cong gets 22 ministries, JDS 12; Parameshwara to be deputy CM
New Delhi: Karnataka Congress chief G Parameshwara to take oath as Karnataka deputy chief minister tomorrow along with H D Kumaraswamy.
Moreover, Congress’s K R Ramesh Kumar to be the Speaker of the assembly. Sources said that Congress has got 22 ministries while JDS has got 12.
Earlier, a meeting of the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular to discuss portfolio sharing was held in Bengaluru, attended by Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah, K C Venugopal, Mallikarjun Kharge, H D Revanna, and D K Shivakumar. Kumaraswamy had earlier met Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.
Today we took decision regarding the expansion (of the cabinet). The speaker and deputy speaker would be elected on 25 May. Portfolios would be decided day after tomorrow. Everything is alright, no differences, Kumaraswamy said after the meeting.
‘Gowda won’t mind a Cong MLA becoming Dy CM’
Senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar today claimed Janata Dal-Secular supremo H D Deve Gowda does not have any problem with a Congress MLA becoming deputy chief minister in the coalition government of the two parties.
“I have been given to understand in the media that he (Deve Gowda) has no issues with a Congress MLA becoming the deputy chief minister. He has left the decision to us (Congress) and his son H D Kumaraswamy,” Shivakumar told a news agency.
The names of G Parameshwara, Shivakumar and S R Patil are doing the rounds for the deputy chief minister’s post.
Shivakumar has emerged as a key man in the political drama that preceded the formation of Congress-JD-S alliance as he was entrusted with the task of keeping his party flock together from ‘poaching’ attempts by the Bharatiya Janata Party before the floor test on May 20.
The MLAs were camped at a resort on Bengaluru city outskirts and shifted to Hyderabad under the supervision of Shivakumar, whose hostility to the Gowda family is well known but has now buried the hatchet.