‘Give nod for K’taka cabinet expansion’
New Delhi: On the completion of 100 days of JDS-Congress government in Karnataka, state chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday met Rahul Gandhi and said the coalition was going strong even as he discussed the expansion of his cabinet with the Congress chief.
While Kumaraswamy termed his meeting as a “courtesy call”, sources said a decision to expand the state cabinet was taken during the meeting between the two leaders which would be done in the next few weeks.
Kumaraswamy told reporters after the meeting that a decision on cabinet expansion of the coalition government and appointment of chairmen of various boards and corporations would be taken soon.
The chief minister also said that the JD(S)-Congress coalition government is secure under the leadership of senior Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah.
In a brief meeting with Gandhi at his residence, Kumaraswamy also apprised him about the performance of the coalition government which completed 100 days on Thursday.
“Today I completed 100 days in Chief Minister’s office, so I am here to pay my regards to the Congress President,” he said.
He added that Gandhi expressed happiness over the way the Karnataka government was functioning.
He denied having discussed the recent statements of Siddharamaiah during the meeting.
Siddaramaiah’s remarks about becoming the state chief minister have given rise to speculation about the strains developing between the two coalition partners in the state.
K’taka CM HD Kumaraswamy with Cong president Rahul Gandhi