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Congress to get deputy CM, speaker posts in Karnataka

SNS | New Delhi |


Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as the Karnataka chief minister on Wednesday.

According to media reports, while the JD(S) has got the chief ministerial post, the Congress has secured two vital posts — that of the speaker and a deputy CM.

It is expected that Congress president Rahul Gandhi will decide on the names before Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony.

While the final decision is yet to be taken, it is believed that Dalit leader G Parameshwara is the frontrunner for the deputy CM’s post.

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On Monday, Kumaraswamy met former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence in New Delhi. Congress leader KC Venugopal and Danish Ali of the JD(S) were also present during the meeting between the top leaders of the two parties who joined hands on 15 May, after it became clear that Karnataka had delivered a fractured verdict.

The state went to elections on 12 May and the votes were counted on 15 May.

The UPA chairperson and Rahul Gandhi confirmed that they would attend the swearing-in ceremony of Kumaraswamy on 23 May.

As per a Times of India report, the Congress is likely to get 21 or 20 ministries out of the 34. The numbers of the ministries will be divided on the basis of their respective legislative strength.

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Besides two independent MLAs who have supported the post-poll alliance, Congress has 78 legislators, while JD(S) along with BSP has 38.