Fearing dissent from MLAs, govt to postpone cabinet expansion

With the likelihood of disgruntled Congress MLAs in Karnataka boycotting an Assembly session starting on December 10 to pressurise their party to accommodate them in the state cabinet, the Congress-JDS coalition has taken a decision to postpone the expansion of the state cabinet.

A meeting of the coordination committee of the coalition government, chaired by Congress leader Siddaramaiah and comprising Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, on Wednesday decided to postpone cabinet expansion plan — earlier scheduled for December 9 — to December 22.”

“We wanted to expand the cabinet on December 9, but since the state Assembly is set to begin in a few days and since we have not discussed with Rahul Gandhi, we have decided to carry out cabinet expansion on December 22, soon after the Assembly session. We will also appoint some MLAs as chairmen of state corporations on the same day,” Siddaramaiah said after a meeting of the committee.

As many as six MLAs will also be appointed as parliamentary secretaries, Siddaramaiah said. However, he denied the decision to postpone the expansion was influenced by dissidents

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