Bengaluru, June 1: The Congress and the JD(S) today held a meeting to discuss portfolio allocation in the newly formed government in Karnataka. As per reports, the Congress has got 22 ministries; including Home, Irrigation, Health, Agriculture and Women Child Welfare. JD(S) got 12 ministries, including Finance & Excise, PWD, Education, Tourism and Transport. Addressing the press after the meeting, Congress leader KC Venugopal said, “We (Congress-JD(S)) have come to a conclusion regarding Cabinet expansion and portfolio allocation. JD(S) will be holding the Finance portfolio. Everything is settled.” The decision comes after days of speculation over portfolio allocation. Venugopal also clarified that the two parties would be fighting the 2019 general elections as an alliance. Reports had been suggesting for days now that the JD(S) would indeed keep the Finance portfolio.
The Congress and the JD(S) reportedly held various rounds of talks to come up with a solution that was acceptable to both sides. There have been reports of discontent over portfolio allocation, leading to hectic talks. Final talks were held on Thursday between Congress general secretary KC Venugopal and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali.
Meanwhile, the JD(S) has managed to get its own candidate, HD Kumaraswamy, to be the Chief Minister for the full five-year term. There will not be a rotational system in place, as was being speculated.
After Friday’s announcement, senior Congress leader and deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said, “On 6th (of June) there’s Cabinet expansion. After that, we’ll continue to have good governance. It isn’t a compromise, both of us have to come together. So there has to be a give and take policy. Some we’ve given and some we’ve taken. Ultimately, the coalition has to go on.”