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    Karnataka Cabinet Expansion: Congress Names 24 Ministers, including Dinesh Gundu Rao, Eshwar Khandre, To Take Oath On Saturday

    Karnataka Cabinet Expansion: Congress Names 24 Ministers, including Dinesh Gundu Rao, Eshwar Khandre, To Take Oath On Saturday


    The Congress on Thursday released the names of 24 Karnataka ministers who will be taking oath on Saturday, May 27. The list of 24 new ministers was announced after two days of deliberations.

    Bengaluru: The Congress on Thursday announced the names of 24 Karnataka ministers who will be taking oath on Saturday, May 27. The list of 24 new ministers was announced after two days of deliberations. Dinesh Gundu Rao , Eshwar Khandre , Raheem Khan , and Lakshmi Hebbalkar are prominent leaders who will be sworn in as ministers.
    Earlier on Thursday, Siddaramaiah , Shivakumar and top central leaders including AICC general secretaries K C Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala held a meeting to finalise the list. The other MLAs who will take oath are – Krishna Byre Gowda, H K Patil, Santosh Lad, K N Rajanna, K Venkatesh, H C Mahadevappa, Byrathi Suresh, C Puttarangashetty, Shivaraj Tangadi, R B Timmpur and B Nagendra, N Cheluvarayaswamy, S S Mallikarjun, NS Boseraju, MC Sudhakar, Mankal Vaidya, S R Patil, T R Ballapa, S Darshanapur, Shivanand Patil, M C Sudhakar and Suresh B S. Puttarangashetty will be deputy speaker of the assembly.

    Both Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar have been in the national capital for the last three days and they have held several rounds of discussions. The final list was approved after discussions with Kharge and Rahul Gandhi.

    Earlier, the two Karnataka leaders also met Sonia Gandhi, for the first time after government formation in the state. As per sources, differences between Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar had emerged over the names of probable ministers. the party’s national leadership sorted out differences between the two leaders.

    Notably, Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar took oath on May 20 as the Karnataka Chief Minister and Deputy CM respectively. Along with Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar, eight other ministers also took the oath.

    Karnataka can have a maximum of 34 ministers. In the recently concluded Karnataka elections, the Congress registered a landslide victory by winning 135 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to win only 66 seats. The Janata Dal-United (JDU), which hoped to play a king-maker role, was restricted to 19 seats.



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