In a bid to tackle its coalition partner in Karnataka, the Congress is set to replace K C Venugopal with Ghulam Nabi Azad. Venugopal, the general secretary of the party is also in charge of the party’s affairs in Karnataka.
The Congress added one more to its kitty and ironically for the BJP, it was yet another seat from Bengaluru, considered to be its bastion. The Congress took its Bengaluru tally to 15 with back to back wins in Rajarajeswhari Nagar and Jayanagar.
The banner of revolt in Karnataka is getting stronger with several leaders of the Congress failing to make it to the Cabinet. The likes of D K Shivakumar and R V Deshpande are meeting with M B Patil, who is virtually leading the revolt after being denied a Cabinet berth.
The Congress is looking at ways to quell dissidence within the party ahead of the Cabinet expansion to take place today. Those who would miss the ministry bus would be accommodated as chairpersons of boards and corporations. The party is also likely to elevate these positions to that of Cabinet ranks.
All eyes would be on the Cabinet expansion set to take place today and more keenly the Bengaluru Development portfolio would be watched. The portfolio has gone to the Congress and the big question would be will the party hand it over to K J George who had stirred one controversy after the other when he held the berth in the Siddaramaiah government.
All eyes would be on the announcement to be made by the Congress which finalises its list of ministers in the Karnataka government. Both the JD(S) and Congress came to an agreement on the allocation of portfolios.
The deal was sealed between the Congress and JD(S) over the allocation of portfolios. While there is some amount of dissent within the Congress after its chief Rahul Gandhi gave in easily, there is also a section within the JD(S) which is not happy.
Today is Telangana formation day. The 29th state of India was formed after decades of agitation and flip flops by political parties. It was finally the UPA government at the Centre which decided to accord a separate state of Telangana in the run up to the 2014 elections.
Telangana faces a crucial election in 2019 when both the assembly and state goes to polls. The TRS is the ruling party and it would have a big challenge from the Congress which is in the opposition.
It appears as though the deal between the Congress and JD(S) is almost final. The JD(S) will get to keep the finance portfolio, while the Congress would handle the home ministry, sources tell OneIndia.