The fight over the extension of the cabinet has recently broken out between the two factions of the Congress following the creation of the administration. Siddaramaiah, the chief minister of Karnataka, and DK Shivakumar, his deputy, have both been based in Delhi since yesterday.
If sources are to be believed, the Karnataka cabinet expansion exercise began on May 19 as well. However, the exercise was unable to proceed due to significant disagreements between the chief minister and the deputy chief minister on who should and should not be included in the cabinet. The exercise of expanding the cabinet has since been brought to the Congress High Command.
The Siddaramaiah administration in Karnataka currently has 8 ministries. At least 25 MLAs will soon become ministers. If sources are to be believed, DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah are both working to ensure that there are many MLAs from their party in the cabinet so that making decisions and managing the administration is as simple as possible.
The extension of the cabinet would be discussed when DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah, who have been living in Delhi since yesterday, or Wednesday, meet with Mallikarjun Kharge, the head of the Congress. No information has been released regarding Rahul Gandhi’s attendance at this meeting. CM Siddaramaiah had contacted Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal at his home before meeting Kharge.
After Siddaramaiah and DK Sivakumar were sworn in on May 20, the accounts of the ministers have still not been issued. G Parameshwar, KH Muniyappa, KJ George, MB Patil, Satish Jarkiholi, Priyank Kharge, Ramalinga Reddy, and BZ Jameer Ahmed Khan are the eight MLAs who have been promoted to the position of minister. It should be noted that Priyank Khadge is the son of Mallikarjun Khadge, the president of the Congress.
After winning the election for the Kalburgi district’s Chittapur seat, Priyank was elected to the legislature. In the midst of a dispute over cabinet ministers, former minister and five-term MLA UT Khader was unanimously chosen as Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
MLA Khader represents the Karnataka district of Mangaluru. Khader was appointed Speaker, and CM Siddaramaiah praised him as a passionate and engaged leader. He claimed that his secular outlook would enable him to act impartially with all parties.