The chief minister-designate of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy, will be travelling to Delhi today to meet Congress chief Rahul and Sonia Gandhi.
Apart from a personal invitation to attend the new governments swearing-in ceremony, a discussion on government formation and division of ministerial portfolios is also on the agenda.
G Parameshwara, Karnataka Congress chief, may get the deputy CMs post. DK Shivakumar, who played a pivotal role in ensuring that no MLA from the Congress or JD(S) jumped ship to the BJP, may retain his old portfolio as the energy minister.
At the moment both parties are playing it safe. When asked about ministry allocation, Kumaraswamy said, “I have not had any discussions about the cabinet with the leaders of Congress yet. We have only had a few personal talks. I will be travelling to Delhi on Monday to meet AICC president Rahul Gandhi and senior leader Sonia Gandhi.”
Based on the outcome of the discussions held there, we will decide about the cabinet, and also how many ministers will take oaths. On Sunday, senior leaders from both the Congress and the JD(S) had meetings to hammer out a consensus on who gets what, sources indicated.
However, Congress leaders tried to play down the discussion over ministerial portfolios. According to them, the matter has been left for a later date to avoid stirring a hornets nest.
There seems to be consensus on the Congress bagging the deputy chief ministers post. With the JD(S) making a comeback to power after a long sabbatical, the MLAs expect ministerial berths.
The Congress MLAs, half of whom were ministers in the Siddaramaiah government, are also hopeful of plum posts.
We, being a national party, supported JDS a regional party, to uphold constitutional principles. Keeping everything in mind, there ought to be a give and take an equation, Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha, said to reporters.
Kharges son, Priyank, was a high-visibility member of the Siddaramaiah government. The first-time MLA was given important portfolios, many say in a bid to appease the senior Kharge, who is a Dalit heavyweight from Gulbarga.
Reacting to apprehensions that the government wont last long due to infighting between Congress and JD(S) MLAs, Kumaraswamy asserted: We will form a stable government for five years. He lso said that he will prove majority in the House within 24 hours of being sworn-in.
After calling on his father, former PM HD Devegowda, Kumaraswamy rushed to Srirangam to pray at the famous Sri Ranga temple on Sunday morning.
With the Cauvery water issue to be dealt with, he told reporters: Through bilateral talks only we can solve the issue of Cauvery.
There are differences on both the sides and we have to solve that. Our farmers are also in distress.
The reservoirs have been empty for the past three years. Will pray to Lord Sri Ranga to help us solve the issue with natures support.