‘Give nod for K’taka cabi­net ex­pan­sion’

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - —PTI

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

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