The Congress and JDS have worked out the portfolio allocation in Karnataka government after days of hectic negotiations between the leadership of both the parties. As per the equation worked out, Finance will go to the JD(U) and the Home department to the Congress.
According to the reports, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is on board over the portfolio sharing agreement and has spoken to leaders over the phone from the United States, where he travelling with his mother Sonia Gandhi who has gone for a medical check-up.
The power-sharing arrangement between the two alliance partners is being finalized and is in the final stages, the sources, however, added. The decision on when to make the formal announcement would depend on the leadership of the two parties.
Congress general secretary in-charge of Karnataka KC Venugopal and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali will travel to Bengaluru to hold further talks with their state leaders before finalizing the arrangement, according to the reports.
“We have held five rounds of talks with each other and have decided that the JD(S) will get the Finance portfolio. I will be now travelling to Bengaluru to hold further talks within our party,”
Danish Ali said.
Ali said he would meet both Chief Minister HD Kumarswamy and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda.
Leaders of the two parties, including Ali as well as the Congress’ Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot and Venugopal, met at the residence of senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for talks.
The sharing of key portfolios in the Karnataka government has been a bone of contention between the two alliance partners since Kumaraswamy took over as chief minister on May 23, delaying government formation in the state.
(With inputs from PTI)