Confirm! Congress to hold deputy CM, speaker posts in Karnataka

May 22 2018 08:38 AM
Confirm! Congress to hold deputy CM, speaker posts in Karnataka

NEW DELHI: Ahead of H D Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in as chief minister of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Cauvery disputed state Karnataka, Congress will get the post of speaker and a deputy chief minister the first names that party President Rahul Gandhi will make a decision in the coming hours on Wednesday.

Following a courtesy call to invite the Congress leaders for the swearing-in ceremony, the CM-elected met Rahul and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the Congress chief’s home on Monday evening. The whole talks was a half-hour meeting with pre-poll alliance as BSP chief Mayawati, JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali noted.

Gandhi scion Rahul and son of HD Deve Goawda and Kumaraswamy alluded to the past of bitterness between Congress and JD(S) to say they should forget the earlier period and look to the future. Congress sources said the party’s full focus was on Kumaraswamy’s oath, election of the speaker and the confidence motion, and no official discussions were held on the particulars of power-sharing.

Rahul talked about the Karnataka situation on Monday morning with Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot and state in-charge K C Venugopal — central party representatives who guided the state unit during the crown struggle with saffron BJP.

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