Bengaluru, June 8: Senior Congress leader and a minister in the HD Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka, DK Shivakumar said on Friday that the vacancies in the Cabinet would be filled soon. Shivakumar was reacting to many party leaders getting vocal about not being inducted in the June 6 Cabinet expansion, reported ANI. “It is obvious that the senior leaders were hurt. Congress party has kept all options open to fill the vacancies and it will be done soon. I have belief in party high command. We have to build confidence among party workers,” he said. Also Read - Farm Bills to be Tabled in Rajya Sabha Today; Oppn Puts United Front, BJP Seeks Support From Regional Parties | Top Points

Soon after the Cabinet expansion, eight Congress MLAs held a meeting over not finding a place in the Cabinet. The Congress leaders, who held a meeting following the Karnataka Cabinet expansion, were NA Harris, Dr Sudhakar, Rahim Khan, Bhyrati Basavaraju, S Shivalli, Satish Jarakiholi, Eshwar Khandre, and MTB Nagaraj. Many leaders are upset as the party dropped many senior members of the previous Siddaramaiah ministry, including MB Patil, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Ramalinga Reddy, R Roshan Baig, HK Patil, Tanvir Sait, Shamanur Sivashankarappa and Satish Jarkhiholi. Their supporters staged dharnas demanding their inclusion. Also Read - Chidambaram Says Farm Bills 2020 Undermine Food Security System, Slams BJP For ‘Maligning’ Cong's 2019 Manifesto

The Congress and the JD(S) had to hold many sessions to even come up with the list of ministers ever since they stitched together a quick post-poll alliance soon after the results of the recently concluded Assembly elections made it clear that the BJP, despite being the single largest party, didn’ t have the numbers to form the government on its own. The alliance rushed to the Governor, seeking to form the next government but Vajubhai Vala asked the BJP instead. The allies herded their MLAs to a resort to prevent horse-trading and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister, resigned the day he was set to prove his party’s majority on the floor of the House. Also Read - 'Pubs Are Ruining Youngsters, Shut Them Down in All Districts', Demands Karnataka BJP Chief