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Cabinet formation is yet to be decided: Kumaraswamy
Cabinet formation is yet to be decided: Kumaraswamy
Karnataka

CM Kumaraswamy withholding appointment of 5 Congress MLAs to Boards

Bengaluru, Jan 7 : Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy withholding the names for five Congress legislators who were recommended to be appointed for state-run Boards and Corporations has created a fresh bout of tiff between coalition partners Congress and Janata Dal(S).

Congress had recommended 19 legislators to be appointed to boards and corporations and nine members to be appointed as parliamentary secretaries on December 22. Even Governor Vajubhai R Vala had given his consent for these appointments.

However, chief minister Kumaraswamy has not signed the orders of five appointments that has deeply upset the Congresss. It is said that CM’s reluctance comes in the wake of the recommended nominees for board and corporations come under the departments controlled by the JD(S) ministers as per the sharing formula for portfolio allocations arrived at when the coalition government came to power early last year.

Mr Kumaraswamy approved 14 names but withheld five other appointments for the state-run corporations ruffling the feathers of both Coordination Committee Chairperson Siddaramaiah and other Congress leaders.

Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara however downplayed the incident and said on Monday that the chief minister had not rejected the five names and talks will be held with them to clear any misunderstanding. ‘’Why the chief minister has withheld the five names approved by AICC we do not know yet. But he has neither questioned nor rejected these appointments. We will discuss the matter with Mr Kumaraswamy,’’ he told reporters here.

Miffed Siddaramaiah said he would be meeting chief minister Kumaraswamy as well as JD(S) national president H D Devegowda in this regard and ensure that all appointments of Congress legislators will be made. Incidentally all the five names withheld are said to be MLAs supporting Mr Siddaramaiah.

Those who were not appointed for boards include influential legislators S T Somashekhar, T Venkataramaianaiah, S N Subba Reddy, N A Haris and Dr K Sudhakar.

What the Congress leadership is unhappy about is that the recommendations for appointments were made 15 days ago and it was sanctioned by AICC President Rahul Gandhi. With Congress having a strength of 80 MLAs and JD(S) just 38 it was not proper for the coalition partner to withhold appointments passed by the Congress president.

The five legislators also reacted sharply over the chief minister delaying their appointments and have complained to Mr Siddaramaiah. Dr Sudhar said today that just because Congress had decided to align with JD(S), a minor partner, to form the State government, it was not ready to ‘kneel down’ before the H D Devegowda-led party. UNI)