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Kumaraswamy ministry expansion before legislature winter

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The H D Kumarawamy-led JDS-ministry in would be expanded before the winter session of the commencing on December 10, state said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters here, he said the and the JDS would decide on their respective nominees to the six-month old cabinet, whose expansion was expected last month itself.

"I had said cabinet expansion will be done before the assembly session. Session begins on 10th (December), before that cabinet expansion will happenwe will do it," Rao said.

His statement came amid speculation that the expansion was likely to be delayed further.

Recent comments by Deputy GParameshwara and former that theywere waiting for appointment to meet Congress Rahul Gandhi, who is busy with elections in five states, to discuss about the expansion had triggered the speculation.

There is growing clamour from legislators, especially of Congress, for the expansion at the earliest.

According to the pact reached between the two partners at the time of formation of the coalition government in May, there are now six vacant ministerial positions leftfor the Congress and two for the JD(S).

This will be the second expansion of Kumaraswamy's ministry, who currently heads the 26-member cabinet.

Meanwhile, several Congress leaders from Hassandistrict, reportedly upset over the style of functioning of Kumaraswamy'sbrother and District in-charge H D Revanna, Thursday met senior leaders including Rao and here, requesting them to "save" the party in the district.

"We have been fighting against JD(S) and (Minister) over years, we remained silent (on joining hands) obeying high command's orders... now we are being targeted. Their intention is to suppress Congress for their survival in Hassan," Congress told reporters.

According to sources, the leaders have petitioned the Congress leadership against

However, Rao said, they hadcome to explain about the party and political situation in thedistrict and not to complain against any one.

"They had come with issues relating to party workers and seeking more representation for them in any government related nominations," he added.

Revanna, on his part, said, "let or Parameshwara speak to me if there are such issues. I don't do hate ...there is no such thing."

Hassan, the home town of H D Deve Gowda and his sons and Revanna, is a JD(S) strong hold and Congress had been fighting the party bitterly over the years.

Both parties joined hands to form government in the state after the May 12 assembly polls threw up a hung verdict.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 21:45 IST