With Cabinet expansion on cards, Siddaramaiah, Shivakumar meet top Congress leaders

New Delhi/Bengaluru, May 25 (IANS): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, along with his deputy D.K. Shivakumar, on Thursday held meetings with senior Congress leaders to decide on the cabinet expansion in the state.

Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar arrived in the national capital on Wednesday evening separately.

The two leaders on Thursday morning first met General secretary, Organisation, K.C. Venugopal at his residence here and then proceeded for a meeting with the senior leaders at party's war room here.

Venugopal, state incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala, Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar then discussed 15 to 20 names of lawmakers who will be inducted in the state cabinet, sources said, adding that the meeting lasted for over three hours.

A party source said that names of 20 ministerial probables were discussed and a final call will be taken by party President Mallikarjuna Kharge once the names are sent to him.

The source said that most of the ministers are to be from the Siddamaraiah camp whereas Shivakumar will get at least three to four portfolios, including two big ones.

The decision on the names of the new ministers will be finalised by Friday evening after the two leaders also meet Kharge.

Besides Siddaramaian and Shivakumar, eight more ministers -- G. Parmeshwara, K.H. Muniyappa, K.J. George, M.B. Patil, Satish Jarkiholi, Priyanka Kharge, Ramalimga Reddy and B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan -- had taken oath on Saturday in Bengaluru.

Party sources said that Krishna Byre Gowda, Laxman Savadi, Lakshmi Hebbalkar, Saleem Ahmed, Santosh Lad, Dinesh Gundu Rao, H.K. Patil, Eshwar Khandre, Tanveer Sait, Dr H.C.Mahadevappa, B.K. Reddy and B.K. Hariprasad are among the probables.



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  • andrew, Mangalore

    Fri, May 26 2023

    It looks like One Horse - 2 Riders in Karnataka , The horse will not be controlled it will go on its own way.

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  • Brian soans, Mangaluru

    Fri, May 26 2023

    I think nowadays Karnataka state is run from Delhi. sad that capable people like Siddaramiah is not given free hand to run the Karnataka state. People of Karnataka elected people of Congress party of state, not centre. So why is Congress 10 janpath running remote control sarkar in Karnataka? Leave Karnataka to Siddaramiah , no requirements for 10 janpath to poke spokes into Karnataka

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, May 26 2023

    these two have worked hard to bring Congress to power with thumping majority in karu nadu..no doubt about it...but i have a feeling that they will write its nemesis also...daku and feku are as such waiting with suitcases in delhi to pounce on the rebels...

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