Former Chief Minister and Congress–JD(S) coordination committee chairman Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said three vacant Cabinet berths will be filled first and Ramalinga Reddy, Congress MLA, will be made minister at the time of the reshuffle.
Replying to a question on Reddy’s outburst over senior leaders in the party and government being ignored, Siddaramaiah said: “I will speak to Reddy… I had told him that he will be made minister during the Cabinet reshuffle. We are not doing a reshuffle now,” he said.
“We have decided to fill one post that fell vacant (from Congress’ share of ministerial berths) following former Minister C S Shivalli’s death. When the reshuffle happens, Reddy will also get an opportunity,” he told reporters here.
Currently, three posts are vacant, two from the JD(S)’s share of ministerial berths and one from Congress.
Reacting to the allegations made by JD(S) leader A H Vishwanath that coordination between the two coalition partners was poor because of Mr. Siddaramaiah, he said: “Vishwanath is not our party man. He is from the JD(S). I will not speak about JD(S) leaders. Their own leaders will speak about it,” the former Chief Minister said.
Meanwhile, former Minister H K Patil has appealed to AICC president Rahul Gandhi to immediately intervene and pacify party leaders who have expressed their difference of opinion in the functioning of the State Congress unit.
Speaking to mediapersons here, Patil said senior leaders such as Roshan Baig and Reddy have expressed their anguish over the functioning of the KPCC and criticised Siddaramaiah for the party’s dismal show in the Lok Sabha elections. In this context, Gandhi should immediately intervene and find a solution to ensure smooth functioning of the party.
“It is not right to blame Siddaramaiah alone for the party’s poor performance. Each one of us are collectively responsible for the results and we need to introspect,” Patil said. Noting that there were differences within the party, he said they need to be sorted out not by going to the media but through mutual discussions.