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CM Kumaraswamy expands Karnataka Cabinet, inducts 8 Congress ministers

Two ministers -- Ramesh Jarkiholi and R Shankar -- were dropped

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. Photo: PTI

Karnataka Chief Minister on Saturday expanded his six-month-old Cabinet, inducting eight members from its coalition partner  

Two ministers -- (Municipal Administration) and (Forest and Environment) -- were dropped.  

The new ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Glass House at Raj Bhavan by Governor Vajubhai Vala amid tight security. 

The new inductees are Satish Jarkiholi, M B Patil, C S Shivalli, M T B Nagaraj, E Tukaram, P T Parameshwar Naik, and R B Thimmapur, with seven of them hailing from north Karnataka.

President Rahul Gandhi had given the go-ahead for the rejig Friday night after the state party leaders and AICC in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal met him and discussed the issue.

Ramesh Jarkiholi, who has allegedly been hobnobbing with BJP leaders and not attending Cabinet and party meetings, has been replaced by his brother

Shankar is an Independent lawmaker who faced the axe over his reported reluctance to be an associate member of the  

First Published: Sat, December 22 2018. 18:15 IST
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