Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday, May 26, 2023 met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi at 10, Janpath in Delhi and is likely to discuss cabinet expansion in Karnataka with Congress high command.
On Thursday, Mr. Siddaramaiah met Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the national capital. The Karnataka CM was accompanied by State Minister B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan, and MLA Byrathi Suresh.
“AICC General Secretary Mrs. (@priyankagandhi @siddaramaiah Mr. @irobertvadra met with Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. @siddaramaiah in New Delhi. Minister Mr. @BZZameerAhmed was accompanied by MLA Mr. @byrathi_suresh,” Karnataka Congress MLA MB Patil tweeted on Thursday.
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah arrived in Delhi on May 25, to discuss Cabinet expansion with party leadership.
On asked about discussions regarding cabinet expansion, Deputy Chief Minister and KPCC chief D.K. Shivakumar said that it will be informed by the Chief Minister and AICC.
Earlier on Thursday, Mr. Shivakumar said, “That will be informed by CM Siddaramaiah and AICC. As the party president of the Karnataka unit of Congress, I will definitely go to Delhi.”
PTI quoted sources saying around 20 more Ministers are likely to be inducted in the Karnataka Cabinet and added that another round of discussions will be held before the it is finalised
On May 18, CM Siddaramaiah was elected unanimously as the CLP leader in Karnataka, after the Congress party finalised its CM candidate after days of deliberation following a landslide victory in Karnataka.
Mr. Siddaramaiah took oath as the Chief Minister on May 20, and D.K. Shivakumar took oath as his deputy.Congress bagged 135 seats in the May 10 elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly ousting the ruling BJP, which got 66 seats from the only southern state it had.