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Did not seek post when I met Rahul Gandhi; M B Patil

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Disgruntled M B today rubbished reports that he had sought a post during his meeting with and said he had only apprised him of his sentiments and the prevailing situation in

Patil's remarks came even as former asserted there was no dissidence in the party and he had spoken to MLAs upset over not getting ministerial berths and that all problems had been sorted out.

"I did not demand any position of either deputy chief minister, or KPCC I only conveyed my sentiments and the prevailing situation in .. Whatever I have said is between me and him," told reporters here on his return from

After meeting Gandhi, had yesterday said in that the next plan of action would be decided after discussions with 15-20 MLAs, who were unahppy with cabinet expansion.

"I have already told you that I am not a second class citizen. I am happy as an MLA and have no plans to leave the party, which has made me a and it has more power than anything else.

Speaking to reporters at Neelagunda village in district, said, "The term of ministers is for two years. After that we will give chance to other eligible people... all problems had been sorted out," he added.

With regard to the appointment of Pradesh Committee president, he said he has not recommended anybodys name and would speak up only when Gandhi sought his opinion.

He also ruled out the possibility of creating another post of deputy

Ever since the Congress-JDS coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy was sworn in on June 6, there has been growing dissidence in the over not getting cabinet berths.

The dissidents, especially party leaders M B Patil and Satish Jarkiholi, have expressed disappointment over not being given ministerial berths.

Under the power sharing agreement, the Congress has been allotted 22 berths and JDS 12.

The JDS-Congress cabinet was expanded on June 6 with the induction of 25 new ministers, after intense bargaining for ministerial berths.

The Congress has left six vacancies to be filled under its quota and the JDS, one.

Earlier in the day,Congress floor in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge had said he would talk to on filling the remaining six berths allocated to the party in the government to prevent dissident activity.

M B Patil later in the day met BJP Raichur MLA from Raichur Dr at his residence here, triggering another round of speculation.

However, clarified it was not a political meeting, but only a cordial meeting between two friends.

"There was no in my meeting with M B Patil. I am too small a person to discuss with him. It was a cordial and friendly meeting which goes beyond politics," he clarified.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 18:15 IST
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