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K'taka ministry expansion to take place on Friday

While nominees from the JD(S) will be decided by Kumaraswamy, the BJP is looking to its high command in Delhi.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 19:55 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The JD(S)-BJP coalition ministry in Karnataka, headed by HD Kumaraswamy, would be expanded on Friday with 18 members expected to be inducted.

Nine each from JD(S) and BJP are likely to take oath, sources in both parties said, as their leaders came under heavy pressure with aspirants lobbying for berths, more so in the BJP, which is tasting power in the state for the first time.

Kumaraswamy of JD(S) and BS Yediyurappa of BJP were sworn-in as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively on February 3 under the JD(S)-BJP power-sharing formula of ruling the state for 20 months each.

The coalition partners have decided to go for ministry expansion in phases, apparently fearing discontent among aspirants who may not make it to the ministry.

Going by BJP's numerical strength of 79 in the Assembly, JD(S) has allotted 18 ministerial berths to it, including the post of Deputy Chief Minister. JD(S) will have 15 berths, excluding the Chief Minister's post.

While the list of JD(S) ministerial nominees would be decided by Kumaraswamy, BJP was looking up to its party high command in Delhi to finalise the list.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 19:55 IST