With former chief minister Siddaramaiah and DyCM G Parameshwara sparring over the allocation of portfolios for recently inducted ministers at a gathering on Wednesday, kc Venugopal, AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, left the choice to the party supreme headquarters.
Venugopal, who had convened the meeting to specifically discuss portfolios, set to go away the choice to AICC president Rahul Gandhi once the 2 state leaders reportedly got into a verbal duel. The new ministers, who were sworn in on December 22, are possible to induce their portfolios solely on a weekday.
Sources say as before long as the meeting began, Siddaramaiah recommended Parameshwara dispense with one in each of his portfolios - home or Bengaluru development or sports and youth services - to accommodate a replacement minister. Parameshwara is said to own taken serious objection to the current suggestion.
“Why are you eyeing my portfolios,” Parameshwara told Siddaramaiah. “The party supreme headquarters has given me this responsibility and that I am not visiting make known my portfolios to anybody,” Parameshwara said.
Currently, Parameshwara, DK Shivakumar, Krishna Byregowda, UT Khader and BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan hold over one portfolio. Parameshwara reportedly lost his cool once Siddaramaiah tried to explain the case to him. “You enjoyed the chief minister post for 5 full years and that we didn’t utter a word,” Parameshwara is learned to own told the previous CM. “Now that I’m in charge of 3 ministries, you're making trouble. Don’t forget that I've got toiled hard for eight long years as KPCC president to create the party and double the party came to power below my leadership.”
Parameshwara additionally reportedly took a dig at Venugopal for supporting Siddaramaiah on the difficulty. He then stormed out of the meeting leaving everybody baffled. Realizing the difficulty cannot be resolved while not Rahul’s intervention, Venugopal complete the meeting. He later told reporters, “There are not any variations among state Congress leaders over the allocation of portfolios. All are on the same page on the difficulty. The AICC president can take a final decision.”
Others holding over one portfolio too are unwilling to concede their ministries. Sources said a replacement minister is eyeing portfolios command by Shivakumar and Parameshwara, however, neither of them are budging. avatar Byregowda is prepared to provide up to the law and parliamentary affairs ministry and retain RDPR, however, no new minister is interested in the parliamentary affairs portfolio. whereas the party at first planned to provide Satish L Jarkiholi forests, he's reportedly posing for RDPR.
Meanwhile, an announcement by BJP MLA Umesh V Katti that the coalition government can fall inside twenty-four hours triggered a verbal spat with KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao. “Around 15 discontent Congress and JD(S) MLAs are to bear with the BJP leadership,” Katti told reporters in Belagavi on Wednesday, ahead of a BJP meeting chaired by state party president BS Yeddyurappa.
Reacting sharply, Gundurao dared the latter to topple the government inside every week or resign his assembly membership. “Being a senior MLA, Katti shouldn't create such mischievous statements. What proof will he need to say that the government can fall?” Gundurao asked.