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.
With a day left for the council of ministers to be sworn in, there is lobbying within the Congress has touched dizzying heights. As per the agreement with the JD(S), the Congress would get 22 berths out of the 34.
There are 11 berths up for grabs and 24 of them are lobbying for the same. The JD(S) which got 12 berths as per the sharing arrangement with the Congress is able to accommodate only 11 one of the posts is that of the Chief Minister, held by H D Kumaraswamy.
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.
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.
H D Kumaraswamy won the floor test in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Friday amidst a walkout by the BJP. Now the JD(S) and Congress have gone into a huddle to discuss the portfolios.
Allocation of portfolios for the newly sworn-in JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka will be delayed further as UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is travelling abroad with her son and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) falling short of the numbers in Karnataka, it was the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) which have come together to form the government. The government will be headed by H D Kumaraswamy, a Vokkaliga. Vokkaligas are considered to be the second most influential community in the state after the Lingayats.
The BJP is unlikely to make any moves in a bid to topple the Congress-JD(S) government. The BJP feels that the coalition will anyway collapse in a few months time and hence it is its best interest that it does not meddle with the government.