JD-S leader and Karnataka Chief Minister-designate H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to discuss ministerial berth sharing between the coalition partners ahead of his swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. The details of the meeting were not divulged but the sources said the Congress demanded two posts for Deputy Chief Ministers -- one for a Dalit and the other for a Lingayat, 12 for ministers and one for the Speaker. However, Kumaraswamy said the matter will be finalised when the two sides sit together on Tuesday in Bengaluru. The Congress has authorised its General Secretary incharge of Karnataka K.C. Venugopal to discuss the matter with local Congress leadership, including former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He will also discuss the issue with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leadership. "Rahulji cleared the modalities to be done. He has given permission to Venugopal to discuss all those matters and finalise everything. He will sit together to finalise things," Kumaraswamy told reporters after meeting the Gandhis. He also invited both the Congress leaders to his oath-taking ceremony in Bengaluru on Wednesday. "Both agreed to come," he said.
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Karnataka Chief Minister designate H.D. Kumaraswamy calls on Congress President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, on May 21, 2018.
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Karnataka Chief Minister designate H.D. Kumaraswamy calls on UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi, on May 21, 2018.
JD(S) leader Danish Ali and Karnataka Chief Minister designate H.D. Kumaraswamy talk to media persons after meeting Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi, on May 21, 2018.