BENGALURU: The clash between the ruling alliance associates — Congress and JD(S) — in Cauvery disputed state Karnataka continued over portfolio allocation on Monday, with finance being the major bone of disagreement, even if chief minister HD Kumaraswamy claimed that the concern would be resolved by Tuesday.
Kumaraswamy reportedly told Congress leaders during a three-hour meeting at Ghulam Nabi Azad’s dwelling in New Delhi, that it has been the meeting in Karnataka alliance government associates to permit the junior partner to keep the finance portfolio.
When Congress leaders courted a row on why it had the right to stake claim to the key portfolio, the CM sought time, asserting he would discuss with JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda.
Spaced out from finance, a few other key portfolios, such as energy, water resources and PWD, were also thrashed out. JD(S) also wants to continue with these departments as HD Revanna, the CM’s brother, is ardent on PWD and energy. Congress leader DK Shivakumar, too, is asserted to be enthusiastic on the energy portfolio which he had held in the earlier Congress-led-Siddaramaiah government.
“Congress wants all the key portfolios, leaving animal husbandry, labour, fisheries, youth services, women and child welfare to us. It is not fair,” JD(S) sources said. “A decision will be taken after Congress leaders consult Rahul Gandhi, who is abroad,” Kumaraswamy stated after the meeting as quoted by TOI.