KARNATAKA GOVERNMENT INDUCTS EIGHT NEW MINISTERS

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KARNATAKA GOVERNMENT INDUCTS EIGHT NEW MINISTERS

HIGHLIGHTS Eight new cabinet ministers from the Congress were inducted into the coalition government headed by CM H D Kumaraswamy. Karnataka now has 31 cabinet rank ministers, with two more vacancies pending to be filled from the JD(S) quota. JD(S) refrained from filling its slots, which they intend to do after the auspicious occasion of Sankranti.

 

Bengaluru: Sending a clear message to his detractors, former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday proved yet again that he is the undisputed leader of the Karnataka Congress and shares a “bonhomie” with the party high command after ensuring that no less than four of the eight new ministers were from his “faction” of the party. Eight new cabinet ministers from the Congress were inducted into the coalition government headed by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday.

With the induction of the ministers, the Kumaraswamy cabinet now includes 31 ministers, with two more vacancies pending to be filled from the JD(S) quota.  BSY’s CM ambitions driving BJP’s desperate attempts: Siddaramaiah Even as Kumaraswamy and deputy chief minister G Parameshwara sat alongside governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, it was Siddaramaiah who was the star of the show. While the JD(S) refrained from filling its two empty slots, which they intend to do after the auspicious occasion of Sankranti in January 2019, the Congress went ahead as planned by swearing-in eight ministers and dropping two ministers – independent MLA and forest minister R Shankar and Belagavi strongman and municipal administration minister Ramesh Jarkiholi. Congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah’s stamp on the cabinet expansion was apparent with the induction of two Kuruba MLAs – CS Shivalli and M T B Nagaraj – as well as old confidantes, M B Patil and Satish Jarkiholi. Satish, who ensured Siddaramaiah’s victory from Badami constituency in the assembly elections, is also considered as a replacement for his older brother Ramesh, who has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, M B Patil’s induction has also seen a lot of eyebrows being raised as he had fallen out of favour with the Congress high command after his “inability” to convert the separate Lingayat movement into a vote bank for the party. However, Siddaramaiah proved to be the decisive factor when Patil’s name was approved instead of Hirekerur MLA and senior politician B C Patil. Aside from these, the Congress, as a “thank you” to Ballari by bringing them back to power in the Lok Sabha by-elections after a gap of 14 years, has inducted two MLAs from the district – former minister P T Parameshwara Naik and E Tukaram. Naik was a labour minister in the Siddaramaiah cabinet and was dropped later in a cabinet reshuffle.  R B Thimmapur, who had also served in the Siddaramaiah cabinet, was also inducted today. An MLC, Thimmapur was the excise minister in the Congress government. Meanwhile, the sole “outsider” who made it to the coalition cabinet from the Congress is Bidar MLA Rahim Khan, who is expected to play a key role in Bidar during next year’s general election.

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who is the CM of karnataka nowadays? the moron from JDS or corrupt siddaramia who wear a 2 crore watch or bunty and babli AKA Sonia Maino Ghandy and raul Vinci Ghandy both out on bail from Congress party? three time MLA, Khan’s name was reportedly pushed by opposition leader and Kalaburgi strongman Mallikarjun Kharge. Effectively, in terms of caste combination, the expansion has given the ST or Valmiki community three representations and the Kuruba community two cabinet berths.

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