New Delhi, May 21: Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar who is considered the main architect behind BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa defeat by keeping Congress MLAs safe from alleged poaching, said he is confident of getting more berths in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Shivakumar said,” We have given up the Chief Minister post because we did not have numbers. But it deserves more berths in the cabinet as it has more seats. I hope JD(S) should have no problem with our demands.” Also Read - Bengaluru News: Suburban Train Services to Resume in City From December 7 on These Routes | Details Here
Furthermore he stated that Congress is focusing on developing a strong youth based party. “Their worries are our issues. Social media has helped mobilise the country’s youth. Rajiv Gandhi believed in the youth, and that’s why he reduced the voting age from 21 to 18 years,” the Congress leader added. (Also Read: Swallowed All Bitterness Against JD(S) to Keep BJP Out of Power in Karnataka, Says DK Shivakumar) Also Read - Maharashtra MLC Election Results 2020: BJP Suffers Setback, Wins Only 1/6 Seats; Ruling MVA Coalition Wins 4
Notably, his statement came hours before HD Kumaraswamy’s scheduled meeting with Congress’ top leader including party president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The leaders will reportedly discuss modalities of forming the Janata Dal (S)-Congress government in Karnataka. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Seems To Lack Consistency, Says NCP Chief Sharad Pawar
Congress, which won 78 seats in Karnataka Assembly elections, is likely to get 20 berths in the 33-member Karnataka cabinet. The JD(S), which has 37 MLAs after H D Kumaraswamy vacated his Ramanagara seat, will get the rest of the seats. Congress has reportedly decided to give the deputy CM post to G Parameshwara, who is from the Dalit community.