JDS-Cong co-or­di­na­tion panel to meet to­day

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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.

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