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.
There are voices of dissent with many MLAs of both the Congress and JD(S) being left out in the Cabinet expansion in Karnataka that took place today.
The newly sworn in H D Kumaraswamy cabinet has 8 Vokkaligas, the community the chief minister belongs to. If one were to include the CM too then there are 9 Vokkaligas in the ministry.
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.
D K Shivakumar is likely to get an important portfolio in the Karnataka Cabinet. The new set of ministers in the JD(S)-Congress government will be sworn in at 2.12 pm today. According to sources, at least 12 Congress MLAs would take oath while in the JD(S) camp it is expected to be 9.
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.
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.
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.