Karnataka new CM Kumaraswamy’s expanded cabinet, including fourteen ministers from Congress, nine from JD and one each from BSP and KPJP.
Two weeks after the chief minister, HD Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal Secular expanded the Karnataka cabinet. Kumaraswamy had taken oath as chief minister and KPCC chief G Parameshwara as deputy chief minister on May 23. Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan. Fourteen ministers are from the Congress, nine from its ruling coalition partner JD(S) and one each from the BSP and the KPJP.
There are some posts which are still vacant as up to 34 ministers can be accommodated in the cabinet of this coalition government. This may give hope to those not inducted into the cabinet yet. Portfolios will be announced soon.
While talking to this expansion, Senior Congress Leader Veerappa Moily told NDTV that the process had been quite tricky. “We cannot upset anybody but Rahul Gandhi has made good choices. It will be a stable cabinet,” he said.
DK Shivakumar is back in the cabinet. Mr. Shivakumar had been Power Minister in the previous Congress government, the controversial KJ George also back. He was formal home minister then minister in charge of Bengaluru.
The only woman in the cabinet – at least so far – is national award winning actress, Jayamala, a Congress MLC. She says the coalition government is a love marriage that will work. Ms. Jayamala told NDTV, “Both the Janata Dal Secular and the Congress have the same aim. This will work.”
N Mahesh, the lone BSP member also made the minister. Among those who didn’t make the cut so far – Lingayat leader and former irrigation minister, M B Patil – who urged the state government to recommend minority status for the Lingayat community. Roshan Baig is another city-based Congress leader who was not included in this expansion.