JDS-Cong co-ordination panel to meet today
THE first meeting of the co-ordination committee of the ruling JDS-Congress coalition in Karnataka will be held in Bengaluru on Thursday where the two parties would mull over a common minimum programme, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah said on Wednesday. Announcing the power sharing arrangement on June 1, after the Assembly polls delivered a fractured verdict, the two parties had said the common agenda for governance will have salient features of their election manifestos.
Siddaramaiah, however, remained non-committal on farm loan waiver promised by the JDS in the run up to the elections .“In a coalition Government, a common minimum programme has to be drawn up. We will try and discuss about it on Thursday. After drawing the common minimum programme, the Government will implement it,” Siddaramaiah, who chairs the Co-ordination and Monitoring Committee of the fledgling alliance, told reporters. The committee headed by Siddaramaiah, the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, includes Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister and KPCC Chief G Parameshwara, Congress General Secretary in-charge of the State K C Venugopal and JDS Secretary General Danish Ali. Ali is the convener of the Co-ordination and Monitoring Committee.
The coalition partners had announced that the panel would meet at least once every month.
Siddaramaiah, Kumaraswamy’s immediate predecessor, said all welfare programmes of his Government would continue under the new dispensation.