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Congress to depute Central leaders to assist cabinet rejig in Karnataka

Bengaluru, May 28 (GCCurrentAffairs) In its efforts to save the one-year-old JD(S)-Congress coalition government, which is facing severe crisis following setback it eceived in the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka AICC president Rahul Gandhi has decided to depute a Central party team to assist the State Congress leaders to hammer out the solutions.

According to KPCC sources, the former Union minister and the leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Gulam Nabi Azad and the Party in-charge for Karnataka K C Venugopal, are arriving on Tuesday and join the Congress leaders, in working out strategies to stave off any threat to the stability of the Coalition government.

The Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which had registered a stellar performance in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections bagging as many as 25 seats out of the total number of 28, is making all efforts to wean away the dissident Congress and the JD(S) MLAs to its side and topple the Alliance government.

Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief minister Dr G Parameshwara and former Chief minister Siddaramaiah held series of meetings earlier in their bid to save the coalition government, and are in constant touch with the dissident Congress MLAs, and pursuing them not to desert the party and save the government.

According to party sources, the state Congress leaders, have reportedly offered them to give them a berth in the state cabinet, by filling about three vacancies as well as accommodating more of them during the cabinet reshuffle.

Former Chief minister Siddaramaiah had confirmed that there will be all possibilities of filling of vacancies as well as reshuffling of the cabinet, paving way to include more number of disgruntled MLAs, to the Council of ministers.

The much needed cabinet reshuffle is expected to take place in the first week of June in which several ministers would opt out from the cabinet to make way to others, the sources said.

It may be recalled that in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly the Opposition BJP has a strength of 105 members, is making all efforts to reach the number that makes the majority, and topple the JD(S)-Congress coalition government, which is enjoying the strength of 119 members including two Independents and a BSP member.

Via UNI-India

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