PANEL WILL DISCUSS CABINET EXPANSION ON DEC 5: CM HD KUMARASWAMY
Bengaluru: CM HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday said the long-pending cabinet expansion of the coalition government — six from the Congress and one from JD(S — will be discussed at the co-ordination committee meeting on December 5. Asked by mediapersons about his silence on the cabinet expansion, Kumaraswamy said: “I’m ready to discuss the issue with the Congress. The co-ordination committee meeting is on December 5 where I’ll discuss the issue with Congress leaders.” Over the past few days, the Congress has been dealing with angry aspirants who want to make it into the current coalition government. From BC Patil in North Karnataka to BK Sangameshwar in Shivamogga, the party has been facing threats of rebellion over the delay in inducting new faces.
While KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao on November 30 had said the expansion will take place prior to the Belagavi session from December 10, with the co-ordination committee meeting on December 5, the possibility of the cabinet expansion within five days seems unlikely. Nevertheless, there’s speculation that the swearing-in of new faces could take place on December 7 or 8. Tussle between Jarkiholis, DKS continues The tussle between Jarkiholi brothers and Congress leader D K Shivakumar continued with MLA Satish Jarkiholi saying “nobody can be the leader just by making someone drink juice”, apparently targeting the minister over his appearance at a recent dharna of sugarcane growers. Speaking to reporers in Belagavi on Saturday, Satish said: “I have also persuaded the protesters in many districts to take back the strike. But it does not mean that I will become the leader in that district.”