MYSORE, May 18: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said here on Friday that 29 ministers would be inducted into his Cabinet in Bangalore on Saturday. The swearing-in ceremony would be held at 10.30 a.m.
Speaking to presspersons at the airport here, Mr. Siddaramaiah, who visited the city for the first time after taking over as Chief Minister, said the party high command had given its nod for Saturday’s Cabinet expansion. “The list of ministers is ready.”
Replying to a question on whether MLAs facing charges would be inducted into the Cabinet, Mr. Siddaramaiah, who arrived here in a special aircraft from New Delhi after meeting top Congress leaders in connection with the Ministry formation, said: “There are no such persons in the party. I think this issue is debated only in the media but not at the party level.”
Asked if such persons would make it to the Cabinet, Mr. Siddaramaiah evaded a direct reply but said the party high command had finalised the list of ministers after taking note of all aspects.
To a question on whether Kanakapura MLA D.K. Shivakumar will be made a Minister, Mr Siddaramaiah replied: “Wait till tomorrow.”
Mr. Siddaramaiah arrived here around 3.45 p.m. by a special aircraft. He was accompanied by the former Minister and Gundlupet MLA H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, the former Minister H.M. Revanna and others.
Leaders from the local party units and hundreds of supporters thronged the airport to receive Mr. Siddaramaiah, who came here to pay last respects to his close friend Ramanna, who passed away here on Friday.
Regional Commissioner M.V. Jayanthi, Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha and Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer were present.
Dilemma over Roshan Baig, D.K. Shivakumar
Even as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah gets ready to expand his Ministry on Saturday, sources privy to the Chief Minister revealed the names of 20 legislators likely to be inducted into the Cabinet.
Kagodu Thimmappa is likely to be made Speaker of the Assembly.
The list of Ministers is likely to include H.S. Mahadeva Prasad from Chamarajanagar district, H.C. Mahadevappa and V. Srinivasa Prasad from Mysore district, Ramalinga Reddy and K.J. George from Bangalore, M.H. Ambareesh from Mandya, Prakash Hukkeri and Satish Jarakiholi from Belgaum, Qamarul Islam and Sharan Prakash Patil from Gulbarga, M.B. Patil and C.S. Nadagouda (Appaji Nada Gouda) from Bijapur, U.T. Khader, Ramanath Rai/Vinay Kumar Sorake from Dakshina Kannada, H.Y. Meti from Bagalkot, R.V. Deshpande from Uttara Kannada, Shamanur Shivashankarappa from Davangere, Parameshwara Naik from Bellary, H.K. Patil from Gadag district and Shivaraj Thangadagi from Koppal district.
NO MLCS IN CABINET?
No Member of the Legislative Council is going to be inducted into the ministry, the sources confirmed, as the party wanted to accommodate more MLAs, who would work for the success of its candidates in the Lok Sabha elections. With regard to the inclusion of D.K. Shivakumar, representing Kanakapura, and Roshan Baig of Shivajinagar, the party was in a dilemma following a demand by freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy not to induct them in the Ministry., the sources added.
Ashok M. Pattan, representing Ramdurg in Belgaum district, met the Chief Minister and urged him to make him Minister. Mr. Siddaramaiah met the Governor and presented the list to him.
Six districts, including Kodagu and Chikmagalur, are not getting representation, the sources added