Cong, JD(S) say they will have com­mon min­i­mum pro­gramme

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - Vikram Gopal vikram.gopal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

BEN­GALURU: The co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee of the Congress-Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar) al­liance gov­ern­ment con­ducted its first meet­ing in the city on Thursday and de­cided to come up with a com­mon min­i­mum pro­gramme that would en­sure the smooth func­tion­ing of the gov­ern­ment.

The com­mit­tee is headed by for­mer chief min­is­ter Sid­dara­ma­iah with deputy chief min­is­ter G Paramesh­wara and All-In­dia Congress Com­mit­tee (AICC) gen­eral sec­re­tary in-charge of the state KC Venu­gopal as its mem­bers from Congress while chief min­is­ter HD Ku­maraswamy as well as JD(S)’s sec­re­tary gen­eral Dan­ish Ali rep­re­sent the re­gional party.

At the first meet­ing the com­mit­tee de­cided to name a panel to draft the com­mon min­i­mum pro­gramme of the al­liance to en­sure smooth co­or­di­na­tion among the two par­ties in run­ning the gov­ern­ment.

Ad­dress­ing the me­di­a­per­sons af­ter the meet­ing, Sid­dara­ma­iah said, “As this is a coali­tion gov­ern­ment, it will be dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment all the as­sur­ances made in the re­spec­tive man­i­festos of the two par­ties, but these will be met over the course of the next 5 years.”

Sid­dara­ma­iah said the draft­ing com­mit­tee would have three Congress and two JD(S) mem­bers and the names of the mem­bers would be an­nounced on Friday.

“Keep­ing in mind the man­i­festos of both the par­ties a draft pro­gramme will be chalked up within 10 days and will be placed be­fore the co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee, which will have to ap­prove it,” he said.

The com­mit­tee also de­cided to con­tinue the flag­ship schemes of the pre­vi­ous Sid­dara­ma­iah gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing the Anna Bhagya scheme for pro­vid­ing free rice to below the poverty line fam­i­lies.

How­ever, the lead­ers re­fused to re­veal the dis­cus­sions on the is­sue of dis­grun­tled MLAs on both sides.

On Thursday, for­mer min­is­ter HK Patil met Venu­gopal to con­vey the dis­sen­sion within the state unit of the party to the high com­mand.

Ever since the cab­i­net of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment was ex­panded last week, se­nior lead­ers of both the Congress and Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar) have pub­licly aired their griev­ances at hav­ing lost out on min­is­te­rial berths.

Af­ter meet­ing Venu­gopal, Patil told me­dia per­sons that he had been ad­vised to meet party pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi.

“When­ever he calls me for a meet­ing I will tell him about the mi­nor prob­lems that some of us have, as our in­ten­tion is to strengthen the party,” he said.

ARIJIT SEN/HT

For­mer Kar­nataka CM Sid­dara­ma­iah (left) ar­rives for the first co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee meet­ing in Ben­galuru on Thursday.

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