Congress, JD(S) leaders discuss power-sharing issues in K’taka

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 May 2018 09:16:20



THE Congress and the JD(S) are likely to seal the deal over portfolio allocation in Karnataka within a day or two, a senior Congress leader said on Monday after the two coalition partners held deliberations over the issue.

Top leaders of the two parties including Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara met here at the residence of Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel and AICC incharge of party affairs in Karnataka K C Venugopal were also present during the meeting.

“We held discussions with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and other leaders of our ally. We are likely to finalise the portfolio-sharing issue within a day or two. We will be meeting again this evening and hold further discussions,” senior party leader Venugopal said. Kumaraswamy exuded confidence that an amicable power sharing arrangement will be worked out.

JD(S) leader Danish Ali, who was also part of the discussions, said that the talks were “constructive” and would yield a positive outcome. The two partners in Karnataka are involved in hectic bargaining over portfolio sharing ever since they got together to form a Government in the southern State. Kumaraswamy has admitted earlier to having “some issues” with the Congress over allocation of portfolios.
Sources said that the two partners want key portfolios of Finance and Home., besides other departments like Public Works Department, Power, Mining, Water Resources, Irrigation and Urban Development.


Newly-elected MLA dies in accident


FORMER Union Minister and newly-elected Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda died in a road accident in Bagalkote district early on Monday.

Nyamagouda was on the way to his constituency Jamkhandi from Goa when the car he was travelling in tried to avoid a lorry and hit a road side parapet wall, District Superintendent of PoliceVamshikumar told PTI.

He was in New Delhi and had returned to Goa and proceeded to his constituency by car, he said.
Nyamagouda had suffered severe injuries and died instantly, he said.
He is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters.
Nyamagouda was the union minister in the P V Narasimha Rao Ministry in 1990-91.