HD Kumaraswamy likely to keep finance ministry; Congress’ Parameshwara may be deputy CM
Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy is likely to take oath as Karnataka’s new chief minister tentatively between 12 and 1.50pm at Kanteerava stadium on May 23 after BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned two days after taking charge of the state’s top political post.
Kumaraswamy faces a delicate balancing act in allocating portfolios in his coalition government, with some key posts likely to go to post poll ally Congress.
People familiar with the matter said Congress leader G Parameshwara is likely to become the deputy chief minister and home minister. Kumaraswamy is likely to keep the finance portfolio with himself.
According to these people, most portfolios in Kumaraswamy’s council of ministers have been decided, though they added that this list could eventually change.
Here’s the likely list of Karnataka cabinet portfolios they have provided:
HD Kumaraswamy, Chief minister and finance minister, Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S)
G Parameshwara, Deputy chief minister and home minister, Congress
CS Puttaraju, Agriculture, JD(S)
H Vishwanath, Education, JD(S)
KJ George, Bengaluru development minister, Congress
M Krishnappa, Sport, Congress
Krishna Byre Gowda, Information and publicity, Congress
N Mahesh, Social Welfare, JD(S)
GT Devegowda, Cooperatives, JD(S)
Bandeppa Kashempur, Textiles and Endowments, JD(S)
DC Thammanna, Labour, JD(S)
Dinesh Gundu Rao, Excise, Congress
Dr K Sudhakar, Health, Congress
Tanveer Sait, Higher Education, Congress
Roshan Baig, Forest, Congress
MD Patil, Food and Civil Supplies, Congress
RV Deshpande, Law and Parliamentary affairs, JD(S)
Satish Jarkiholi, Small Industries and Sugar, Congress
Dr Ajay, Science and Technology, Congress
S Shivashankarappa, Revenue, Congress
Ramalinga Reddy, Transport, Congress
AT Ramaswamy, Industries, JD(S)
R Narendra , Animal Husbandry, Congress
UT Khader, Health, Congress