HD Kumaraswamy expands Karnataka cabinet: Eight Congress leaders sworn in at Raj Bhavan amid tight security

Two ministers — Ramesh Jarkiholi (Municipal Administration) and R Shankar (Forest and Environment) — were dropped.

Press Trust of India December 22, 2018 18:23:06 IST
HD Kumaraswamy expands Karnataka cabinet: Eight Congress leaders sworn in at Raj Bhavan amid tight security

Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy Saturday expanded his six-month old cabinet, inducting eight members from its coalition partner Congress. Two ministers — Ramesh Jarkiholi (Municipal Administration) and R Shankar (Forest and Environment) — were dropped.

The new ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Glass House at Raj Bhavan by Governor Vajubhai Vala amid tight security. The new inductees are Satish Jarkiholi, MB Patil, CS Shivalli, MTB Nagaraj, E Tukaram, PT Parameshwar Naik, Rahim Khan and RB Thimmapur, with seven of them hailing from north Karnataka.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi had given the go-ahead for the rejig Friday night after the state party leaders and AICC in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal met him and discussed the issue. Ramesh Jarkiholi, who has allegedly been hobnobbing with BJP leaders and not attending cabinet and party meetings, has been replaced by his brother Satish Jarkiholi. Shankar is an Independent lawmaker who faced the axe over his reported reluctance to be an associate member of the Congress.

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