Mangaluru: Ministry expansion - JD(S) leader B M Farooq's chances appear bright

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jun 10: The much-awaited state ministry expansion is likely to take place on Wednesday June 12. Expectations are rife about JD(S) member of legislative council and chief general secretary, B M Farooq, getting a berth during this expansion. At present, coastal Karnataka is represented only by U T Khader of the Congress, and if Farooq gets a chance, it will be a bonus for coastal Karnataka.


JD(S) currently has two unfilled ministerial quota seats. Although Siddaramaiah had wanted both the seats to be given to independent legislators to steady the rocking boat of the government, a suggestion which the chief minister had agreed to, Deve Gowda is said to have put his foot down and insisted that JD(S) can sacrifice only one seat and the other seat should come from the Congress. Another point that goes in favour of Farooq is that JD(S) has not given ministerial berth to representatives of the minority community while the Congress has accommodated U T Khader and Zameer Ahmed in the ministry.

Farooq, who is close to both Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy, has been active in party's organizational matters. The earlier effort of the party to make him a Rajya Sabha member had failed and during the formation of the coalition government, he missed out on account of calculations relating to allocation of portfolios.

JD(S) leaders also have to handle pressure being brought by party activists to elevate Basavaraj Horatti and Vishwanath as ministers but the JD(S) has already consented to set aside one of the two seats to independent candidate. Therefore it can pick only one among the three.

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  • Lambert, MANGALORE

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Any Christian in Karnataka in top post. Lets leave out boom boom Ivan. We Minorities within a Majority Minority are facing a crisis. Christians who hold a mobile phone please dump it in a pond and be active elsewhere. We are not allowed to hold Night Mass during Easter or Christmas. And also curtail using boom boom music after 11. Next is upto readers.

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Paid quota

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Please give some post to Yeddyurappa or else he will get Paranoid ...

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  • Sukul Rao, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Ministry expansion? Or another nail in the coalition coffin? Cong leaders will be disgruntled now and another showdown will occur.
    Perhaps Siddu can contest next elections from Mallapuram in Kerala.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Hope the best talent is inducted in the cabinet

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Dear As u r from Katapady, hope u are aware about Dayananda Bangera who was President of Kote Grama Panchayat, in his tenure Kote Grama Panchayat became famous due to development works....

    he bought 3 over head water tank to village, what u see ther shops in Palligudde was empty before, there was no Panchayat office that time

    He was from Congress

    even his oppositions will not say no to him, we need such people in state too.....

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    why expansion now?
    cant wait till may 23rd????????

    Jai congress

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    kadetha AAni ya undu????

    Yaapa ge baakil muchereg?

    Jai congress

    No. 1 CM will win from all 231 seat except chamundeshwari if election happens now

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