Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, June 19:- As the state Assembly polls is expected to be held in 2018 and to accommodate all the communities Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC president Dr G Parameshwar held ‘secret’ talks on Sunday, to finalise the cabinet berths to be filled, sources said.
At present, two cabinet berths are vacant and with the resignation of Dr Parameshwar as Home Minister, a total of three ministers are to be inducted. Siddaramaiah has finally decided to expand the cabinet, the sources added.
According to sources, to balance caste equation and regional representation the chief minister is keen to appoint a Dalit, Kuruba and Lingayats as ministers to offset the effect of BJP trying to project these communities. Curiously none of the senior ministers is interested in handling the home ministry.
“K J George, Minister In-charge of Bengaluru District, is unwilling to handle the home portfolio. Meanwhile, the chief minister is also considering giving additional portfolio to Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa to which he has declined to accept. Energy Minister D K Shivakumar is said to be interested in accepting additional portfolio, but the chief minister has other options.”
It is likely that before Friday (June 23) the new ministers will be sworn in. Aspirants for the cabinet berths include R B Thimmapur, Motamma, Rajashekar Patil Humanabad and Narendraswamy. Some of the senior ministers may be dropped and new faces will be inducted, it is hinted.