No cabinet expansion or reshuffle: Siddaramaiah

Ramesh Jarakiholi will remain in Congress, says Siddaramaiah

Mysuru, May 27:- “The results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will have no impact on the state coalition government. People have given their mandate on who should come to power at the Centre and not against the state government,” said Coalition Coordination Committee chairman and former chief minister Siddaramaiah.

He was speaking to media at Mandakalli Airport on Monday.

“The Lok Sabha results will not affect the state government. People have given their mandate for the state in 2018. We won the by-elections as well. Did Narendra Modi resign then? We welcome people’s mandate. There is no cabinet expansion or reshuffle. The vacant slot in the cabinet following the demise of Shivalli will be filled. But for that, there will be no change. One cabinet post of Congress and 2 posts of Janata Dal (Secular) have to be filled. Congress will fill its seat in the cabinet and JD(S) has to take its decision. Ramesh Jarakiholi will not quit Congress at any cost,” he added.

Responding to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president B S Yeddyurappa’s statement that state government will collapse on June 1, Siddaramaiah said that Yeddyurappa has been giving deadlines to the state government since its formation. He questioned whether Yeddyurappa will resign if the government doesn’t collapse.

“Ramesh Jarakiholi will remain in Congress. Sudhakar and R Ashok meeting at SM Krishna’s residence was just a coincidence. It was nothing to do with politics. I still have doubts over electronic voting machines (EVMs), but we accept the mandate of the people. I don’t know why Congress lost in Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha Constituency. We will hold discussion with party workers from the grassroots level,” he added.

Interestingly, speculations are rife that Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is likely to drop five ministers – C S Puttaraju and S R Sreenivas, both JD(S) and U T Khader, Jayamala and C Puttaranga Shetty (all Congress) – and accommodate rebels planning to defect to BJP.  (MR/KS).

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