Bengaluru: Congress leaders in Karnataka are reportedly fighting within the party in order to control the power center in the state, and former CM Siddaramaiah and Congress President G Parmeshwara are rubbing their shoulders against each other after the cabinet expansion of JDS-Congress-led government.
Karnataka Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy who was expecting a minister berth in the cabinet expansion couldn’t make it to the list this time. Miffed up Reddy has allegedly threatened to quit the party.
Former Chief Minister and leader of Congress legislature party Siddaramaiah and the Deputy Chief Minister G Parmeshwara are also up against each other in an attempt to claim the sole power center in the state.
According to reports, the meeting between top party leaders Wednesday was not cordial, as Parameshwara expressed displeasure over being asked to give up some key portfolios that he has, by Siddaramaiah.
Besides Reddy, several other senior Congress MLAs are upset with the new cabinet list and feeling very disappointed with their names not making it to the cabinet list. They have come out and alleged of ‘discrimination’ over the cabinet berth allocation.
A few Reddy supporters are also corporators in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has urged the Congress leaders to induct Ramalinga Reddy into the state cabinet. They have also threatened to resign in case their demands are not met.
These corporators have submitted a memorandum to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary KC Venugopal in this regard. Karnataka in-charge Venugopal is facing a major invoice within the Congress over the new cabinet portfolio allocation.
Congress general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal held a series of meetings on portfolio allocation, which has become another concern as the new ministers lobbied for plum departments.
However, Venugopal has made it clear that Congress high command will announce the portfolios for the newly inducted ministers on Thursday.
State in-charge Reddy also made it clear that resign threat claims by some MLAs have been sorted out. Neither Ramesh Jarkiholi nor BTM Layout MLA Ramalinga Reddy won’t cause any embarrassment to the party.
Terming Reddy a ‘loyal’ Congressman, Venugopal said that party would get him a suitable place accordingly and he won’t take any decision to tarnish the image of the party.
Senior Congress leaders have expressed that Reddy will definitely be considered in next cabinet rejig which will only take place after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.