A fortnight after becoming Chief Minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy will expand his two-member cabinet on Wednesday. The oath-taking ceremony of Karnataka ministers will take place Wednesday at 2:12 pm in Raj Bhavan, Bengaluru.
After days of hard bargaining, the Congress has finally been allocated 22 portfolios while 12 ministerial berths have been granted for JD-S.
"Oath taking ceremony of Karnataka ministers to take place tomorrow at 2:12 pm in Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. Congress has been allocated 22 portfolios and 12 ministerial berths have been allocated to JD-S," the news agency ANI reported.
Going by the power-sharing arrangement, Congress will get the portfolios of Home, Irrigation, Bangalore City Development, Industry and Sugar Industry, Health, Revenue, Urban Development, Rural Development, Agriculture, Law and Parliamentary Affairs and IT/BT, among others.
The JD-S' portfolios include Finance, Excise, Information, Intelligence, Public Works, Department, Power, Cooperation, Tourism, Education and Transport.
Oath taking ceremony of #Karnataka ministers to take place tomorrow at 2.12 pm in Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. Congress has been allocated 22 portfolios and 12 ministerial berths have been allocated to JD(S).— ANI (@ANI) June 5, 2018
On the eve of the expansion exercise, Kumaraswamy said there would be ‘two to three vacancies’ which would be filled later.
Deputy chief minister and KPCC chief G Parameshwara said the Congress ministers would be a combination of seniors and juniors, rubbishing the speculations that juniors want seniors to pave the way for them.
"Almost everything is finalised. We have submitted our proposals, including portfolios, and Rahul Gandhi will approve it tomorrow morning. Once approved, I will let you know," G Parameshwara said after meeting with the central leadership in Delhi on Tuesday.
Almost everything's finalised. We've submitted our proposals,including portfolios & Rahul Gandhi will approve tomorrow morning. Once approved, I'll let you know: G Parameshwara, Dy #Karnataka CM after meeting Congress Pres in Delhi ahead of oath-taking ceremony of state ministers pic.twitter.com/WtQla7Vefb— ANI (@ANI) June 5, 2018
Earlier, Kumaraswamy, along with his deputy Parameshwara, was sworn-in as the Karnataka CM on May 23.