K'taka Congress calls for more representation in Manmohan Ministry
Welcoming the induction of SM Krishna and M Veerappa Moily into the union cabinet, Karnataka unit of Congress today asked party high command to give more representation to the state in the next round of expansion.
"We thank AICC President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for inducting SM Krishna and M Veerappa Moily into the ministry", KPCC President RV Deshpande told PTI in Bangalore.
The state is getting cabinet rank berths after a long time, he said.
However,few more senior leaders like former Chief Minister N Dharam Singh, M Mallikarjun Kharge and Oscar Fernandes, need to be taken into the ministry to ensure good representation to Karnataka, which is currently under BJP rule, he said.
Deshpande also pitched in for the induction of Rahul Gandhi into the cabinet, saying "seveal leaders of the party, workers and intellectuals of the state opine that Rahul must join the ministry to strengthen the hands of the Prime Minister".
In the previous UPA government, Karnataka had three ministers -- KH Muniyappa, Oscar Fernandes and M V Rajashekharan -- all of them in the rank of MOS.
Though Congress inducted cine star turned politician Ambareesh as a minister of state, he did not assume office and resigned on Cauvery water sharing issue.