Karnataka coalition crisis Cabinet expansion is to fill vacant posts Siddaramaiah

first_imgBengaluru: Amid speculation that a Cabinet rejig may defuse the crisis within the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka, coalition coordination committee chief Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said the vacant ministerial berths will be filled first.The former chief minister, who is also the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, said miffed party MLA Ramalinga Reddy would get an opportunity to serve as a minister during the next reshuffle. Reddy had on Tuesday had hit out at the Congress leadership for neglecting senior leaders of the party. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”I will speak to Ramalinga Reddy… I had told him that he will be made minister during the reshuffle. Now we are not doing reshuffle,” Siddaramaiah told reporters. “We have decided to fill one post that is vacant (from Congress’ share of ministerial berths) due to Shivalli’s death. When reshuffle happens Ramalinga Reddy will also get opportunity,” he added. Siddaramaiah and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy have held several rounds of meetings on whether to go for a Cabinet expansion or a reshuffle to avert a potential existential crisis to the one-year-old coalition, and to address the dissent within by asking a few ministers to step down to make way for the disgruntled lawmakers. The leadership seems to have now reached a consensus about first filling up three vacant posts and then going in for a reshuffle if the need arises.last_img

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