Bengaluru, June 2: Warding of any threat to the one-year-old JD(S)-Congress coalition government, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has decided to induct two Independent MLAs into the Cabinet in a day or two.
According to official sources, Kumaraswamy, sensing a possible threat to his government by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to turn the table on the saffron party by doling out Cabinet berths to the independent MLAs.
“The decision to induct two independents to the Cabinet, was taken following series of meeting with the coalition leaders including Kumaraswamy, JD(S) supremo H D Devegowda and Congress leader Siddaramaiah and AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal”, a JD(S) leader said.
The decision to invite two Independents to join the Cabinet had caused heartburn among the BJP leaders who were expecting the government to collapse on its own following severe drubbing it received in the just concluded Lok Sabha election, the sources said.
To frustrate the BJP further, Kumaraswamy has also decided to wean away some of the BJP MLAs to resign their seat and reduce the strength of the saffron party which has 105 MLAs in the 224 member House. (UNI)