New Delhi, May 31: After days of hectic negotiations, the Janata Dal (Secular) will get the Finance portfolio in Karnataka and the Congress will get the Home department, highly placed sources in the parties told news agency, Press Trust of India. The power-sharing arrangement between the two alliance partners is being finalized and is in the final stages, the sources added. Also Read - Rajasthan Congress MLA Gajendra Singh Shaktawat Dies at 48
The leaders of the two parties have held five rounds of talks here since yesterday to finalise the portfolio sharing arrangement between the two alliance partners. Sources said that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is on board on the issue and has spoken to leaders on phone from the United States, where he was traveling with his mother for a medical check-up. Also Read - Thanks to Karnataka Police, Woman Reunited With Her 9-Month-Old Son After He Was Left Abandoned
“We have held five rounds of talks with each other and have decided that the JD-S will get the Finance portfolio. I will be now traveling to Bengaluru to hold further talks within our party,” JD-S leader Danish Ali told PTI. He added that he would meet both Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda. Also Read - Here's the Cheque But...: Digvijaya Singh Donates Rs 1.11 Lakh For Ram Temple With One Condition
Earlier in the day, Congress party secretary Ashok Gehlot rubbished the rumors that the delay in assigning ministerial portfolios was not linked to Rahul Gandhi absence. Gehlot told TOI that “working out a coalition government takes some time initially”. He added that both the parties together had to finalise on various things like the common minimum programme, a coordination committee, views about fighting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls together etc.
(With Agency Inputs)