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HD Kumaraswamy talks about 'issues' on portfolio allocation with Congress in Karnataka, says it won't bring down govt

Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday said there are some "issues" on portfolio allocation with his party's coalition partner Congress but, it is not something that will pull down the government.

He also said the expansion of his Cabinet would take place once state Congress leaders get an approval from their high command.

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and his deputy G Parameshwara. PTI

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and his deputy G Parameshwara. PTI

"...Portfolios have not been allocated. There are some issues regarding portfolios, but it is not an issue that will pull down the government," Kumaraswamy told reporters.

Responding to questions on portfolio allocation and demand for a farm loan waiver, he said, "I will try not to take up an issue as a prestige issue and try to solve a problem... Otherwise I will see. I will not stick to this post, leaving my self-esteem."

Parleys began between the Congress and the JD(S) on the issue of Cabinet expansion soon after Kumaraswamy proved his three-day-old government's majority on the floor of the Assembly on Friday.

Karnataka Congress leaders on Saturday left for New Delhi by a chartered plane to discuss with the high command the issues relating to Cabinet expansion and portfolio allocation.

According to sources, Kumaraswamy had met former chief minister and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah, Deputy chief minister Parameshwara and Congress general secretary in-charge of Karnataka KC Venugopal before they left for Delhi.

The chief minister also clarified that he would not be going to Delhi to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi.

"State Congress leaders have to get approval from their central leadership, that's the reason they are going to Delhi on Saturday. Once they come back, Cabinet expansion will happen smoothly," he said.

It has already been decided that Congress would have 22 ministers and JD(S) 12 in the new Cabinet.

Kumaraswamy hit out at state BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa for his call to support the party's state-wide bandh call on Monday for alleged failure of the government in announcing farm loan waiver as promised by him earlier.

"I'm with you (people). I don't have any personal wish. I have become the chief minister not with a selfish motive," he said, noting that there was "no question" of going back on his announcement earlier on farm loan waiver.

He said he had already spoken to Congress leaders on the issue of farm loan waiver as he had to take them into confidence.

"I should also understand the financial situation before taking the decision. I cannot do it alone," he added.


Updated Date: May 26, 2018 19:08 PM

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