Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy admits ‘issues’ with Congress over portfolio allocation

A day after winning the trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday admitted that there are some issues regarding portfolio allocation with his alliance partner Congress.

He said this to media persons in Bengaluru ahead of a meeting of Karnataka Congress functionaries with their party chief Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. The late-evening meeting remained inconclusive. Another round of talks is scheduled for Sunday, which the CM might attend.

He also said that the expansion of his Cabinet would take place once the state Congress leaders get an approval from their high command.

Although he admitted there were issues, Kumaraswamy said they were “ not something that will pull down the government”. A report quoted the CM as saying, “I will try not to take up an issue as a prestige issue and try to solve a problem… Otherwise I will see. I will not stick to this post leaving my self-esteem.” He was responding to questions on portfolio allocation and a farm loan waiver.

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