Cabinet may be expanded, berth for KPCC chief? - The New Indian Express

Cabinet may be expanded, berth for KPCC chief?

Published: 19th November 2013 07:52 AM

Last Updated: 19th November 2013 07:52 AM

Decks seem to have been cleared for the induction of KPCC president G Parameshwara into the council of ministers, according to Congress sources.

AICC vice-president and Lok Sabha member Rahul Gandhi has given Chief Minister Siddaramaiah the nod to expand his Cabinet, party sources said on Monday.

The expansion is likely to be held before the start of the legislative session scheduled to begin from Monday next.

According to party sources, the decision to expand the six-month-old ministry was taken at a review meeting called by Gandhi and attended by Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara in Delhi on Monday.

Four berths have remained vacant in the Cabinet since the Chief Minister formed his 30-member ministry in May this year.

While Siddaramaiah presented the performance of his government at the meeting, the KPCC president also presented a status report on party affairs, the sources said.

Gandhi, who reportedly appreciated both Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara, however advised the Chief Minister against taking any decisions without consulting the party, sources added.

The party vice-president also reportedly highlighted the need for improving the party’s image and advised both leaders to focus on it.

The issue of the party’s preparedness for the coming Lok Sabha elections also came up for discussion, the sources said.

Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara also attended the first-ever meeting of the six-member coordination committee chaired by AICC general secretary and party in-charge for Karnataka Digvijay Singh in Delhi.

The meeting, among other things, discussed the nomination of party workers to various boards and corporations.

Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Home Minister K J George, Parameshwara, former KPCC working president D K Shivakumar and AICC general secretary Selvakumar also attended the meeting.

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