The Congress party which has extended ‘unconditional’ support to Janata Dal (S) will get 22 ministry portfolios in HD Kumaraswamy’s Cabinet.
Senior Congress leader G Parameshwara will be the Deputy Chief Minister, whereas Ramesh Kumar will be the Speaker.
The development comes after Chief-Minister designate HD Kumaraswamy met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi in the national capital on Monday.
“Congress-JDS leaders met and discussed about the cabinet formation. Out of 34 ministries, 22 ministries will go with Congress Party and 12 ministries, including CM post will be with JDS. Portfolio allocation to be decided after floor test,” said Congress leader KC Venugopal
Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy clarified that there were no differences between the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), however, he acknowledged that running the Congress-JD(S) coalition government over the next five years will be a “big challenge” for him.
“This is a big challenge in my life. I’m not expecting that I will be able to fulfil my responsibilities as chief minister easily.”
Kumaraswamy will be sworn in as chief minister tomorrow.
After the fall of the three-day-old BJP government on May19, Governor Vajubhai Vala had invited Kumaraswamy, the leader of the Congress-JD(S) alliance, to form the government.
On a related note, the swearing-in ceremony will be held in the presence of a multitude of eminent politicians.
Among the confirmed attendees are United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijay, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief, Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and son of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tejaswi Yadav, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, along with son K. Taraka Rama Rao will also be present to witness Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in.
Other notable guests include the founder of Rashtriya Lok Dal, Ajit Singh (also an ex-Union Minister), actor-turned-politician and founder of Makkal Needhi Mayyam, Kamal Haasan.