Kumaraswamy discusses K’taka Govt formation issue with Sonia, Rahul

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 May 2018 08:24:54



AHEAD of his swearing-in as the Karnataka’s new Chief Minister, JD(S) Chief H D Kumaraswamy on Monday night met Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to finalise the modalities of government formation and ministerial berth sharing between the two post-poll allies.
According to sources, Congress has mooted two deputy chief ministers for the numerically strong party in order to strike a balance with the JD(S) but the regional party is believed to be not in favour of this proposal. KPCC chief G Parameshwara is among the frontrunners for the deputy Chief Minister’s post.

Kumaraswamy, who will be sworn in as Chief Minister on Wednesday for the second time in 12 years, flew into the capital on Monday afternoon and began his engagements with a meeting with pre-poll ally BSP chief Mayawati. BSP bagged 1 seat.

During his 20-minute meeting with Sonia and Rahul, the Congress President, Kumaraswamy is understood to have discussed the nitty-gritty of Cabinet formation on the number of ministerial berths the Congress and the JD(S) would get. The meeting took place at Rahul’s Tughlak Lane residence.

“There is no bargain. We will cordially work out things. We must work together. I am here to take their (Congress leaders) advice,”
said Kumaraswamy when asked by newsmen ahead of the meeting how the Congress and the JD(S) will address the issue of ministry formation.
“We are going to give a stable government. All these issues are not yet discussed. We have not discussed any future course of action”.

He earlier met BSP Chief Mayawati here and discussed plans of putting in place a Congress-JD(S) Government.
After the meeting, Kumaraswamy told reporters he had invited both Sonia and Rahul for the swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru and they have agreed to come. K C Venugopal, AICC in-charge of Karnataka, was also present at the meeting.

Kumaraswamy is expected to take the floor test within 24 hours after being sworn in. Both Congress and JD(S) MLAs will remain confined to their hotels till the floor test, according to reports from Bengaluru. Kumaraswamy was invited by Governor Vajubhai Vala to take the reins of power after the three-day BJP Government collapsed last Saturday.