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Rahul Gandhi meets party leaders from Karnataka over portfolio allocation; talks remain inconclusive

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday held deliberations with party leaders from Karnataka on the allocation of ministerial berths between his party and the JD(S), but the talks remained inconclusive.

Sources said that the issue could not be resolved despite marathon deliberations and the leaders will again meet on Sunday.

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. AFP

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. AFP

The meeting was attended by former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, Karnataka deputy chief minister G Parameshwara, state party in-charge KC Venugopal, and senior leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and DK Shivakumar.

"We discussed portfolio allocation. First, we need to finalise the portfolios between the two parties. Thereafter, we will decide whom to allocate what ministry," Venugopal told PTI after the meeting.

The entire process will be completed in a day or two, he added.

The Congress and the JD(S) are at loggerheads over the key portfolios of finance and home.

Chief Minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy has admitted to having "some issues" with the Congress over portfolio allocation that was delaying the formation of the entire council of ministers.

On 23 May, Kumaraswamy and Parameshwara took oath and chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively.

Kumaraswamy is scheduled to arrive in Delhi on Monday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is likely to hold discussions with top Congress leadership to iron out the differences.

The issues of according adequate representation to various regions and maintaining the caste balance in the state are weighing heavy on both the parties.

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

The sources said that the Congress will take a call initially on having 16-17 ministers.


Updated Date: May 27, 2018 13:07 PM

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